During the weekend and out of curiosity after watching this video on YouTube, I thought of doing a similar experiment of comparing the execution speed of different programming languages.
So, I wrote a similar program in some of the popular programming languages and timed the execution of the program. Each program contains a loop from 0 to 1 billion. The following table contains the result of the experiment.
|Language||Time taken (in seconds)|
I have used the Windows PowerShell
Measure-Command command to time the execution of the program.
I wrote a program something similar to the below in different programming languages.
count = 0 for i in range(1000000000): count += 1
I have used the
for loop in all the programming languages.
Note: I have executed all the programs in debug mode. The results in release mode (with optimization) may be different.
Below are the details of the computer I have used for the experiment-
Processor - Intel Core i3-6006U CPU @ 2.00 GHz | 2 Cores
RAM - 8 GB
Operating System - Windows 10
I was expecting C++ and Rust to top the table but surprisingly Node.js beats them all. And Rust is not even close to C++. Python is the worst performer. I don’t know the exact reason for this behavior but it might be related to the architecture of the languages.
P.S - I have done this experiment just for out of curiosity and it is not intended to show if a programming language is better than the other. Every language is designed for the specific use-cases. And I love multiple programming languages too.