[Python-Dev] Re: 2.4 news reaches interesting places

Jeremy Hylton jhylton at gmail.com
Fri Dec 10 20:28:13 CET 2004

On Fri, 10 Dec 2004 14:01:55 -0500, A.M. Kuchling <amk at amk.ca> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 09, 2004 at 05:11:04PM +0300, Oleg Broytmann wrote:
> > some popular areas. Let's add another topic, "Making things fast". Let's
> > even make it the first topic, though I personnaly dont see a need for
> > this.
> The topic guides are migrating into the Wiki, and there's already a Wiki page
> about this: http://www.python.org/moin/PythonSpeed

The Wiki entry seems to reinforce the impression that bugged Guido to
begin with.  It provides a bunch of "but ..." explanations about why
Python's speed isn't that important.  Python is slow, but "speed of
development is far more important."

If you want to avoid people saying "Python is slow, but ..." you need
to give them a different message.  "Writing code quickly is crucial in
today's marketplace."  (whatever, that's not much of a message.) 
David's dynamic languages whitepaper has more of message, for example.


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