Posts Tagged ‘profiling’

Java profiling

March 18, 2017 Leave a comment

YourKit is a great Java profiling tool. It is a commercial software but you can get a free 15-day evaluation license key for a fully functional version of the profiler.

The past week I was working on a Java project and the software was very slow. Using YourKit I could easily find the bottleneck. It turned out that 94% of the time was spent in a function that I implemented in a naive way. Choosing a better algorithm the software got much faster. A profiler is really useful…

For Java I use Eclipse. YourKit integrates in Eclipse perfectly through an Eclipse plugin.

Python profiling

Here is an excellent post about Python profiling.

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Measure execution time in PHP

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment


You want to measure the execution time of a piece of code.

Method #1

$start = (float) array_sum(explode(' ',microtime())); 
// PHP code whose execution time you want to measure
$end = (float) array_sum(explode(' ',microtime()));
print "Processing time: ". sprintf("%.4f", ($end-$start))." seconds."; 

I found this tip here.

Method #2 (update 20110205)

There is a simpler solution; you can also write $start = microtime(true). See the PHP documentation here.

I use this method for simple profiling. For this, I use a class:

class Common
    * Get current microtime as a float. Can be used for simple profiling.
   static public function get_microtime() {
      return microtime(true);

    * Return a string with the elapsed time.
    * Order of $end and $start can be switched.
   static public function elapsed_time($end, $start) {
      return sprintf("Elapsed time: %.4f sec.", abs($end - $start));

Usage example:

$profile_start = Common::get_microtime();
// code to be profiled comes here
$profile_end = Common::get_microtime();
print Common::elapsed_time($profile_end, $profile_start);
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