Re: Java vs C++ speed (IO & Sorting)

Tim H <>
Wed, 19 Mar 2008 23:39:01 -0700 (PDT)
On Mar 19, 11:10 pm, Razii <> wrote:

This topic was on these newsgroups 7 years ago :)

I said then: "How about reading the whole Bible, sorting by lines, and
writing the sorted book to a file?"

Who remember that from 7 years ago, one of the longest thread on this
newsgroup :)

The text file used for the bible is here

Back to see if anything has changed

(downloaded whatever is latest version from

Time for reading, sorting, writing: 359 ms (Java)
Time for reading, sorting, writing: 375 ms (Java)
Time for reading, sorting, writing: 375 ms (Java)

Visual C++ express and command I used was cl IOSort.cpp /O2

Time for reading, sorting, writing: 375 ms (c++)
Time for reading, sorting, writing: 390 ms (c++)
Time for reading, sorting, writing: 359 ms (c++)

The question still is (7 years later), where is great speed advantage
you guys were claiming for c++?

------------------- Java Code -------------- (same as 7 years ago :)

import java.util.*;
public class IOSort
    public static void main(String[] arg) throws Exception
            ArrayList ar = new ArrayList(5000);

            String line = "";

            BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(
                new FileReader("bible.txt"));
            PrintWriter out = new PrintWriter(new BufferedWriter(
                new FileWriter("output.txt")));

            long start = System.currentTimeMillis();
            while (true)
                line = in.readLine();
                if (line == null)
                if (line.length() == 0)

            int size = ar.size();
            for (int i = 0; i < size; i++)
            long end = System.currentTimeMillis();
           System.out.println("Time for reading, sorting, writing: "+
(end - start) + " ms");


--------- C++ Code ---------------

#include <fstream>
#include <string>
#include <vector>
#include <algorithm>
#include <ctime>
using namespace ::std;

int main()
   vector<string> buf;
   string linBuf;
   ifstream inFile("bible.txt");
   clock_t start=clock();

   while(getline(inFile,linBuf)) buf.insert(buf.end(), linBuf);
   sort(buf.begin(), buf.end());
   ofstream outFile("output.txt");
clock_t endt=clock();
   cout <<"Time for reading, sorting, writing: " << endt-start << "
   return 0;


Did this include JVM startup time? What were the memory footprints?

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