[Python-Dev] reference counting in Py3K
bob at redivi.com
Tue Sep 6 21:44:22 CEST 2005
On Sep 6, 2005, at 12:13 PM, Steve Holden wrote:
> 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
> 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.
Personally I've found that reference counting makes Python really
easy to integrate with other systems that may or may not also use
reference counting. It is somewhat of a chore to incref/decref all
over the place, but you *are* programming in C.
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