The big AsDoc race

Well, not so much of a planned race as a coincidence. I work on a winXP pc at work and on an iMac at home. Thanks to Adobe’s fair policies, I can use the same licence on different systems at home and at work. Good work guys.

Right now, I’ve done some revisions to the AsDoc comments in the framework, tried out some of the tags for documenting events, packages, etc. This means running the ant script that runs AsDoc quite a few times. Ant outputs time elapsed as default. My work pc, a 3Ghz Pentium D takes about 44 seconds. My iMac at home – 2.8Ghz, not latest model – takes about 24 seconds. I have no idea if this is due to Java implementation differences or maybe AsDoc just runs faster on a mac, but still. On the whole, Flex Builder feels faster at home, but I don’t have any hard numbers to show.

Addendum: Just got a new Quad core PC, still running XP. It did it in 28 seconds. We’ve added quite a bit of code since the first comparison so it’s not a fair race.


2 Responses to “The big AsDoc race”

  1. November 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Im guessing your iMac is a 64bit multi-core architecture, with a fairly significant cache. The Pentium D is actually a low end CPU and not 64bit, and generally have a very small cache.

    I used to run a Pentium D PC, I got rid of it after 3 months. Overall it’s a dog, and IMHO worthless as a development machine.

    Also, when benchmarking computers you need to factor in many other things, such as bus speeds, memory, disk speeds, etc. In the end, the comparison is moot without the hard facts 😀

  2. November 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm


    You’re right of course. This was never indended as a scientific comparison. I was just suprised that the difference was that great. And as a long time mac fan/user, it felt good.

    I didn’t know that the Pentium D was such a dog, it’s been ok to me so far. But it’s a good excuse to ask for a new one. New hardware is always fun.

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