Performance improvements in unreleased products

May 20, 2005 15:56 · 131 words · 1 minute read

There’s the old question “if a tree falls and no one hears it, did it make a noise?” Just as goofy: “if you improve the performance of an unreleased application, did it actually get faster?”

I’m definitely in the “premature optimization is the root of all evil” camp, but the time has come for some performance work on Zesty News. I currently have well over 1,000 unread items, and it takes a few seconds to bring up the main view. Fixing this does make the code more complex, which is why I’m glad I didn’t do it prematurely But, now is the time. So, I’ll see the performance difference. Zesty’s alpha testers won’t even be aware that it used to take a few seconds. (And that’s the way it should be.)