[Python-Dev] reference counting in Py3K

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Sep 6 17:28:45 CEST 2005

On 9/6/05, Nick Jacobson <nicksjacobson at yahoo.com> wrote:
> While we're on the subject of Python 3000, what's the
> chance that reference counting when calling C
> functions from Python will go away?

We'd have to completely change the implementation. We're not planning on that.

> To me this is one of the few annoyances I have with
> Python.  I know that Ruby somehow gets around the need
> for ref. counting.

You could always use IronPython or Jython of course, neither of which has this.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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