[Python-Dev] Interest in integrating C decimal module into Python?
stefan-usenet at bytereef.org
Tue Oct 20 15:15:47 CEST 2009
as some of you know, recently I've released an arbitrary precision
C library for decimal arithmetic together with a Python module:
Both the library and the module have been tested extensively. Fastdec
currently differs from decimal.py in a couple of ways that could be
fixed. The license is AGPL, but if there is interest in integrating it
into Python I'd release it under a Python-compatible license.
There have been several approaches towards getting C decimal arithmetic
Fastdec follows Raymond Hettinger's suggestion to provide wrappers for
an independent C implementation. Arguments in favour of fastdec are:
* Complete implementation of Mike Cowlishaw's specification
* C library can be tested independently
* Redundant arithmetic module for tests against decimal.py
* Faster than Java BigDecimal
* Compares relatively well in speed against gmpy
To be clear, I would not want to _replace_ decimal.py. Rather I'd like to
see a cdecimal module alongside decimal.py.
I know that ultimately there should be a PEP for module inclusions. The
purpose of this post is to gauge interest. Specifically:
1. Are you generally in favour of a C decimal module in Python?
2. Would fastdec - after achieving full decimal.py compatibility - be
a serious candidate?
3. Could I use this list to settle a couple of questions, or would perhaps
a Python developer be willing to work with me to make it compatible? I'm
asking this to avoid doing work that would not find acceptance afterwards.
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