Longer lines of code are faster.. eh?

I mean, I did have another programmer vehemently argue once long ago that putting more code on one line would make it “run faster.” But of course he was stark raving nuts. Trying to explain to him (with a straight face–which was challenging) how the interpreter or compiler would break that long line apart into discrete one-instruction-per-line statements–essentially identical to the result if he had gone ahead and just made the code readable instead of trying to out-clever the compiler–had no effect on him whatsoever. But I digress.

Craig Tullis on a StackOverflow answer.
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