I encountered an interesting paper - "An emperical comparison of C, C++, Java, Perl, Python, Rexx, and Tcl for a search/string processing program". Basicly the same task was given to a number of programmers, and then various parameters such as time to analyze the task, write the code, reliability, performance, memory consumption etc were compared. The results are in line of what I would expect for the specific task. Perl got the best score for the time to develop the code, while C/C++ had the best performance and memory footprint. Java performance was lower than I would expect, but that can be explained that the report is circa 2000 and nowadays JVMs should have much better performance.
Visitors are welcome to use Pitcairn's facilities:
- The General Store, open several times a week. Note that flour, eggs, meat and butter are provided only if ordered several months in advance as they must be imported from New Zealand.
- The Satellie Earth Station, equipped with a telephone and a fax. Open during business hours.
- The Health Centre, staffed by Resident Nurse, an Assistant Nurse and a local Dental Officer who also doubles as an X-ray Technician. From time to time, doctors visit Pitcairn, usually as part of their own planned holiday, giving their services to the community. The Resident Nurse is usually the wife of the Island Pastor. Pitcairner, Meralda Warren currently serves as the Assistant Nurse. She is also the Island's Police Officer and Secretary of the local Co-operative Store. Steve Christian, who holds the position of Supervising Engineer, swaps his over-alls for the white Dental Officer's Coat to attend to the dental needs of the islanders. He has recently extended his skills to include the manufacture of dentures and has many satisfied clients. Steve is also the X-ray Technician.
- The Church. Note that The Seventh Day Adventist Church is the only faith represented on the island.
- And of course, the cosy Hostel, with enough space for eight people.
The island has two generators which provide 240 volt electric power for approximately six hours each evening and for three hours each morning. First paved road was opened on 13th of October 2005.
In October 2004 the economy of the island was stuck by a crisis due to arrest of 1/4th of the labour force was arrested and ships couldn't be unloaded (the island has a labour force of 12 able-bodied men).