[Baypiggies] Eric Raymond likes Python

Alec Flett alecf at flett.org
Tue Sep 8 22:30:27 CEST 2009

>    - Python performance sucks. Any single implentation of OCaml works much
>    faster than any implentation of Python.
> [anyone got any contemporary numbers?]

This is still true because OCaml (or any decent ML-oriented language
implementation) is still on par with C for raw CPU-bound performance (in
fact some OCaml code can be optimized much more than the transliterated C
equivalent - i.e. you can often rely on the OCaml optimizer to speed up some
abstractions/patterns more than you can rely on the C compiler optimizer for
the same implementation pattern)

It's going to be hard to beat that with a dynamic language, but the unladen
swallow folks should be improving this situation by at least producing
faster code for particular abstractions/patterns...

But of course it's always a question of whether you're CPU bound or not!

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