[Python-Dev] SF patch 864863: Bisect C implementation

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Wed Dec 31 09:07:24 EST 2003

On Tue, 2003-12-30 at 22:23, Tim Peters wrote:

> That's a big enough point that it deserves public airing, though:  everyone
> (except Guido, I guess) please remember what it was like when you first
> learned Python!  Mounds and mounds of library code written in Python, doing
> interesting things with interesting techniques, and written at a high enough
> level that you weren't wholly buried under details.  Python's C code is
> generally clean and educational too, but has a *much* smaller potential
> audience than our pure-Python modules.  Nobody can sanely accuse me of not
> caring about speed (see a decade of speed-obsessed Python checkins for
> counterexamples <wink>), but I cry a little each time a piece of the system
> gets recoded in C.  Keeping the original Python code around is a nice
> compromise (pioneered, IIRC, by string.py, a loooong time ago).

Yes, yes, yes.  I'd be bummed if modules like pickle.py got lost or out
of sync with its C cousin.


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