[Python-Dev] Dropping bytes "support" in json

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sat Apr 11 07:49:50 CEST 2009

> I'm personally leaning slightly towards strings, putting the burden on
> bytes-users of json to explicitly use the appropriate encoding, even in
> cases where it *must* be utf8.  On the other hand, I'm too lazy to dig
> back through this large thread, but I seem to recall a suggestion that
> using bytes would be significantly faster. 

Not sure whether it would be *significantly* faster, but yes, Bob wrote
an accelerator for parsing out of a byte string to make it really fast;
IIRC, he claims that it is faster than pickling.


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