On Jan 04, 2011, at 10:21 AM, Alex Gaynor wrote:
Ugh, I can't be the only one who finds these special cases to be a little nasty?
Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
Yeah, I agree. Still it would be interesting to see what kind of performance improvement this would result in. That seems to be the only way to decide whether the cost is worth the benefit.
Outside of testing, I do agree that most of the builtins could be pretty safely optimized (even open()). There needs to be a way to stop all optimizations for testing purposes. Perhaps a sys variable, plus command line option and/or environment variable?