[Python-Dev] Do more at compile time; less at runtime

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Dec 11 17:59:58 CET 2012

On Dec 11, 2012 8:47 AM, "Ned Batchelder" <ned at nedbatchelder.com> wrote:

> On 12/9/2012 5:22 PM, Mark Shannon wrote:
>> The current CPython bytecode interpreter is rather more complex than it
>> needs to be. A number of bytecodes could be eliminated and a few more
>> simplified by moving the work involved in handling compound statements
>> (loops, try-blocks, etc) from the interpreter to the compiler.
> As with all suggestions to optimize the bytecode generation, I'd like to
> re-iterate the need for a way to disable all optimization, for the sake of
> reasoning about the program.  For example, debugging, coverage measurement,
> etc.  This idea was misunderstood and defeated in http://bugs.python.org/*
> *issue2506 <http://bugs.python.org/issue2506>, but I strongly believe it
> is important.
> --Ned.
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