[Python-Dev] Banishing apply(), buffer(), coerce(), and intern()

Raymond Hettinger python at rcn.com
Sun Nov 30 23:42:55 EST 2003

> > Yes, backticks will be gone in 3.0.  But I expect there's no hope of
> > getting rid of them earlier -- they've been used too much.  I
> Then let's kill all use of backticks in the standard library. There's
> a lot of them.

Advisory from a micro-performance hawk:  Backticks are faster than

>>> from timeit import Timer
>>> min(Timer('`x`', 'x=1').repeat(3))
>>> min(Timer('repr(x)', 'x=1').repeat(3))

Raymond Hettinger

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