[Python-Dev] Keeping competitive with Go (was Re: Computed Goto dispatch for Python 2)

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sat May 30 01:08:21 CEST 2015

On 29 May 2015 22:50, "Donald Stufft" <donald at stufft.io> wrote:
> This might be something that people could have done before with C/C++ but
> a nicer language behind it... but that's kind of the point? You don't
need to
> be stuck with a terrible language to get a nice single file executable
> you can get that and use a good language at the same time which makes it
a lot
> more compelling to a lot more people than having to be stuck with C.

Right, but the only things you can really write in Go are network services
and console applications - once you start looking at curses & GUI
applications on the end user side, you're back to the same kind of
distribution complexity as C/C++ (where you have to choose between external
dependency management or very large downloads), and once you start looking
at the infrastructure side, Docker, Rocket & Kubernetes are bringing this
kind of easy deployability to network services written in arbitrary

Hence my comment about MicroPython: the easiest way to make an interpreter
runtime that's lighter than CPython is to have it *do less*.

Communicating with embedded MicroPython instances via cffi could even
potentially offer a way for both CPython and PyPy to split work across
multiple cores without having to fundamentally redesign their main

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