Algorithmic Efficiency - Effect of Programming Paradigms

Effect of Programming Paradigms

The effect that different programming paradigms have on algorithmic efficiency is fiercely contested, with both supporters and antagonists for each new paradigm. Strong supporters of structured programming, such as Dijkstra for instance, who favour entirely goto-less programs are met with conflicting evidence that appears to nullify its supposed benefits. The truth is, even if the structured code itself contains no gotos, the optimizing compiler that creates the binary code almost certainly generates them (and not necessarily in the most efficient way). Similarly, OOP protagonists who claim their paradigm is superior are met with opposition from strong sceptics such as Alexander Stepanov who suggested that OOP provides a mathematically limited viewpoint and called it, "almost as much of a hoax as Artificial Intelligence" In the long term, benchmarks, using real-life examples, provide the only real hope of resolving such conflicts—at least in terms of run-time efficiency.

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