[Python-Dev] Fixing the XML batteries

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at behnel.de
Wed Dec 14 20:59:06 CET 2011

Xavier Morel, 14.12.2011 20:54:
> On 2011-12-14, at 20:41 , Stefan Behnel wrote:
>> I meant: "lack of interest in improving them". It's clear from the
>> discussion that there are still users and that new code is still being
>> written that uses MiniDOM. However, I would argue that this cannot
>> possibly be performance critical code and that it only deals with
>> somewhat small documents. I say that because MiniDOM is evidently not
>> suitable for large documents or performance critical applications, so
>> this is the only explanation I have why the performance problems would
>> not be obvious in the cases where it is still being used. And if they
>> do show, it appears to be much more likely that users rewrite their
>> code using ElementTree or lxml than that they try to fix MiniDOM's
>> performance issues.
> Could also be because "XML is slow (and sucks)" is part of the global
> consciousness at this point, and that minidom is slow and verbose
> doesn't surprise much.

Possibly, yes. Or that "Python is slow and sucks". But I think there are 
good counter arguments against both.


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