Rest Under A Tree
Some quick final notes to conclude.
When moving an exception to a procedure, there are two things to keep in mind:
- the exception will be triggered at another place in the code, to know where it was actually triggered, you’ll have to look up one step in your exception log stack trace… You do have an exception log stack trace in place, don’t you?
- the compiler won’t “know” about the exception in the called procedure, so it will assume execution continues after your RaiseUnsupported, so you may want to place an Exit after it (which will never be reached), to avoid warnings and allow the occasional register optimization by the compiler.
In the final version, we gained more than the previous profiling run hinted at: the new code allowed the compiler to make better use of the registers. Ofttimes, getting the fat out of the way is all you need to see improvements.
If you check the CPU view, you’ll see everything is quite efficient now, but even then, using all the remaining tricks in the book could probably net noteworthy gains, just at a significant complexity increase. I didn’t try, but I would guess a 2x or 3x speed up should be about right.
If you were to need to go that route, SamplingProfiler could still help you there: on ASM code, you get profiling data down to the ASM instruction… but that’s food for another article.