[Python-Dev] PEP 393: Flexible String Representation

James Y Knight foom at fuhm.net
Thu Jan 27 21:26:15 CET 2011

On Jan 27, 2011, at 2:06 PM, Stefan Behnel wrote:
> "Martin v. Löwis", 24.01.2011 21:17:
>> The Py_UNICODE type is still supported but deprecated. It is always
>> defined as a typedef for wchar_t, so the wstr representation can double
>> as Py_UNICODE representation.
> It's too bad this isn't initialised by default, though. Py_UNICODE is the only representation that can be used efficiently from C code and Cython relies on it for fast text processing. This proposal will therefore likely have a pretty negative performance impact on extensions written in Cython as the compiler could no longer expect this representation to be available instantaneously.

But the whole point of the exercise is so that it doesn't have to store a 4byte-per-char representation when a 1byte-per-char rep would do. If cython wants to work most efficiently with this proposal, it should learn to deal with the three possible raw representations.


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