From: Ben Morrow on

Quoth "Peter J. Holzer" <hjp-usenet2(a)>:
> I wish Perl would fight for each byte at the low level. The overhead for
> each scalar, array element or hash element is enormous, and these really
> add up if you have enough of them.

Take a look at sv.h from a recent perl sometime. The contortions it goes
through to avoid allocating anything not absolutely needed are quite
incredible (and, incidentally, make C-level debugging really rather