cost of Java "assert" when disabled?

Srinivas Ramakrishna ysr1729 at
Thu Feb 16 20:42:45 UTC 2012

A Java language newbie question:

Does anyone have any ballpark numbers on the cost (and its scaling) of
peppering assert's in your Java code, but with asserts disabled (-da) ?
In other words, is the disabled cost so vanishingly small that we need not
think twice when using them, or should one be
careful because the cost is non-negligible and can affect (bytecode)
footprint or rutime performace even when switched off?

thanks for any advice.
-- ramki

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