Timing Functions

When optimizing code, sometimes a quick and dirty time measurement is required as opposed to utilizing profiler tools/frameworks to validate assumptions.

Time measurements can be performed by utilizing time package and defer statements.


package profile

import (

func Duration(invocation time.Time, name string) {
    elapsed := time.Since(invocation)

    log.Printf("%s lasted %s", name, elapsed)


func BigIntFactorial(x big.Int) *big.Int {
    // Arguments to a defer statement is immediately evaluated and stored.
    // The deferred function receives the pre-evaluated values when its invoked.
    defer profile.Duration(time.Now(), "IntFactorial")

    y := big.NewInt(1)
    for one := big.NewInt(1); x.Sign() > 0; x.Sub(x, one) {
        y.Mul(y, x)

    return x.Set(y)