[Python-Dev] [ python-Patches-876206 ] scary frame speed hacks
allison at sumeru.stanford.EDU
Tue Mar 2 12:24:10 EST 2004
Since "any recursiton can be made iterative", would you support removing
recursion from Python (-:
Recursion is a natural way to program many things, particularly in Python.
I believe it's a bad design choice to penalize recursive functions. On
the other hand, specializing the code for non-recurive functions is
appealing--so, keep the free list and add the pre-built frame and bite the
bullet on complexity per Guido's comment.
On Tue, 2 Mar 2004, Josiah Carlson wrote:
> > I would be cautious about anything that slows recursive functions becasue
> > almost any interesting data structure traversal is recursive.
> Any recursion can be made iterative. Sure, it can be a pain to do, but
> it is always a good exercise. See this thread for a generic and involved
> hierCodeTreePanel.new_heirarchy in the PyPE source code (pype.sourceforge.net)
> also has an example.
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