Paulo Scardine - 4 months ago 9

Javascript Question

When porting a javascript library to Python, I found this code:

`return Math.atan2(`

Math.sqrt(

(_ = cosφ1 * sinΔλ) * _ + (_ = cosφ0 * sinφ1 - sinφ0 * cosφ1 * cosΔλ) * _

),

sinφ0 * sinφ1 + cosφ0 * cosφ1 * cosΔλ

);

Am I wrong or

`(_ = cosφ1 * sinΔλ) * _`

`Math.pow(cosφ1 * sinΔλ, 2)`

I guess the author is trying to avoid using Math.pow, is this expensive in javascript compared to the temporary assignment?

Answer

The only reason I can think of is performance. First let's test if they actually do the same and we didn't overlook something.

```
var test = (test = 5 * 2) * test; // 100
Math.pow(5 * 2, 2); // 100
```

As expected, that's proven to do the same. Now let's see if they have different performances using jsperf. Check it out here: http://jsperf.com/...num-self

The differences for Firefox 23 are *very* small, but for Safari the difference was much bigger. Using `Math.pow`

seems to be more expensive there.