[Python-3000] Modules with Dual Python/C Implementations

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Mon Dec 11 21:10:34 CET 2006

On 12/10/06, Calvin Spealman <ironfroggy at gmail.com> wrote:
> Has anyone considered consolidating the module pairs that have both a
> C and Python implementation? For example, pickle and cPickle and
> StingIO and cStringIO. It seems like keeping both around might be
> counter productive. It leads to more code for bugs, issues when there
> are accidental differences between the two, leading to misdiagnosed
> errors or hard to find bugs when people test with pickle and run with
> cPickle. Just seems like all around, if there was found to be a reason
> to make a module in C over its original Python version, the original
> doesn't need to stick around.

This has been argued about before.  It has been suggested we actually ditch
the C version since we only want to maintain one version and the Python
version can be used by alternative Python implementations.

This probably needs to be covered in a PEP that covers a stdlib

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