[pypy-dev] Questions about the C core

David Ascher DavidA at ActiveState.com
Sun Jan 12 06:03:55 CET 2003

On the topic of macros et al:

I think that delivering minimal python will be quite hard.  If the 
mandate is to create a new implementation of Python, then I think that 
the syntax of current Python should be seen as a "minimal" requirement 
from a syntactic POV.  New syntactic elements can clearly be defined as 
well, although naturally care should be taken to ensure that existing 
code still works. (so making 'spam' a reserved word probably wouldn't work).

On the other hand, I'm going to lose interest in this project pretty 
fast if it turns into an _unsubstantiated_ argument about language 
design.  If a new language construct is proposed as a fairly direct and 
well-supported way to get the implementation done better, faster, 
cheaper, then by all means.


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