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

Eirik Mikkelsen eirik.mikkelsen at unix.net
Fri Dec 17 23:05:08 CET 2004

On Fri, 2004-12-17 at 09:20 -0200, Carlos Ribeiro wrote:
> BTW, I would move away from the "fast enough" when talking about
> performance. It's difficult to qualify what is "enough" in marketing
> terms; also, a selling/winning message can't be seen as taking excuses
> for any reason. On the other hand, Python never claims to be the
> fastest language on raw execution performance, but only to be fast;
> but in this sense, being "fast enough" is the same as being "fast".
> So, I would never say, "Python allows you to write fast enough code in
> a short time"; I would say "Python allows you to write fast code in a
> short time". Leave the "fast enough" out of this, please.

I totally agree. Personally, the first thing I think of when I see
"enough" is "640k aught to be enough for anybody" (quote from
you-know-who), like you are defining the needs of the user. Promote the
strong sides, don't excuse the weak ones. "Fast enough" is not a
positive marketing term, it's an excuse for a problem which I fail to
see in Python. Hardware cost is way lower than programmer cost - I am
convinced that in most cases the total expence is lower for a Python
solution compared to an equal performing C, C++, C# or Java solution.

Eirik Mikkelsen <eirik.mikkelsen at unix.net>

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