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Benchmarking using Deno

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Deno is great

I absolutely love it, and I love the fact that it will push node to become better

Deno comes with some really cool out of the box tools, such as a benchmarking tool

Benchmarking is important if you want to measure the impact of a code change on the performance of your code base

I always advocate to avoid performance optimisation unless performance slug: benchmarking-using-deno

We are on page = this. Deno is great. I absolutely love it, and I love the fact that it will push node to become better.

Deno comes with some really cool out of the box tools, such as a benchmarking tool.

Benchmarking is important if you want to measure the impact of a code change on the performance of your code base.

I always advocate to avoid performance optimisation unless performance becomes an issue when developping an application. However, when developping libraries, performance is very important and could be a question of life and death for a package.

Deno bench is the utility ship with deno to run benchmarks. It is very easy to setup and run benchmarking.

Let’s benchmark our recursive and iterative solutions to compute a factorial.

// factorial.ts

const isPositiveInteger = (n:number):Boolean => Number.isInteger(n) && n>0

function validateArgument(n):void{
	if(!isPositiveInteger(n)){
		throw new Error('Invalid argument: provide a positive integer.')
	}
	return
}

export function recursive(n:number): number {
   validateArgument(n)
   if(n === 0){
      return 1;
   } else {
      return n * recursive(n-1)
   }
}

export function iterative(n:number):number {
   validateArgument(n)
   let result = 1;
   for (let i = 1; i<=n; i++){
       result *= i; 
   }
   return result;
}

As a standard, the benchmarking files are suffixed of _bench, for example main_bench.ts.

// factorial_bench.ts
import { iterative, recursive } from "./main.ts";

/* We use group to tell deno that these two function are part of the same benchmark group.
The `baseline` argument allow us to ask deno to do a comparaison, such as bar() is 10x faster than foo(). 
See documentation for more information.
*/

Deno.bench("iterative", {group:'factorial', baseline:true}, () =>{
  iterative(10_000);
});

Deno.bench("recursive", {group:'factorial'}, () => {
   recursive(10_000);
});

Now, we simply run the benchmark runner using deno bench

# > deno bench
cpu: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11370H @ 3.30GHz
runtime: deno 1.29.2 (x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu)

file:///home/abr/temp/refactor/main_bench.ts
benchmark      time (avg)             (min … max)       p75       p99      p995