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John Belmonte wrote:
> I'm not sure what you're saying.  Both your test and my original one
> show list and ipair as having the same time performance.

.oO(German proverb: Wer misst misst mist ;-)

The tests were done with a small number of objects.  The GC will take
much more time in real applications.

> Besides being arbitrary, it's more confusing than closures.  Is avoiding
> the garbage there going to have any effect on a real program?

IMHO, iterating over an array is an often used construct and that
should scale well.  Generating a junk object each time is not nice...

Ciao, ET.