> Not at all. That may be true for some C-like language with pointers
> and an execution cache (a la processor cache). I do not know for sure
> of a such language but a technical possibility is here. For a
> Java-like language without pointers, byRef aliases only slow down the
> execution as the engine gets one more reference to resolve (alias >
> ref > ref > ref instead of ref > ref > ref). The difference is
> fractional, so feel free to use aliases if it improves the code
> readability: but do not expect any serious performance changes.
Wow, after Richard and I have already identified the root problem (the
environment used to do the test) and in fact posted results showing that the
aliased function *does* run faster in both IE and FF, you come out with this
load of crap? Almost everything you've written is wrong. You have no
understanding of the lookup process used to resolve the function references.
Maybe pictures are easier for you to understand:
Test --> F --> FF --> FFF --> FFFF <-- alias
Count the arrows.
What a perfectly cromulant word!