[Python-Dev] Linking with mscvrt

Neil Hodgson nyamatongwe at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 23:00:10 CET 2006

Martin v. Löwis:

> COM really solves all problems people might have on Windows.

   COM was partly just a continuation of the practices used for
controls, VBXs and other forms of extension. Visual Basic never forced
use of a particular compiler or runtime library for extensions so why
should Python? It was also easy to debug an extension DLL inside
release-mode VB (I can't recall if debug versions of VB were ever
readily available) which is something that is more difficult than it
should be for Python.

> Alas, it is not a cross-platform API. Standard C is cross-platform,
> so Python uses it in its own APIs.

   The old (pre-XPCOM) Netscape plugin interface was cross-platform
and worked with any compiler on Windows.


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