[Python-Dev] reference counting in Py3K

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Tue Sep 6 21:13:11 CEST 2005

Nick Jacobson 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?
> 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.
Reference counting is an implementation detail, and isn't a part of the 
language specifications. I have no idea why you find it so annoying, but 
there are other implementations (Jython, Iron Python) that don't use it.

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