[Python-ideas] Optimizing builtins

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Sat Jan 1 21:30:42 CET 2011

On 1/1/2011 11:41 AM, Guido van Rossum wrote:

> In general I am not much in favor of trying to optimize Python's
> bytecode. I prefer the bytecode to be dead simple.

I think people constantly underestimate the virtue of Python and CPython 
simplicity. Projects that depend on a couple of genius ubergeeks die 
when the ubergeeks leave. The executable-pseudocode simplicity of the 
language makes it a favorite for scientific programming, spilling over 
into financial programming. The simplicity of the code allows competent 
students (and non-CS major adults) become developers.

Terry Jan Reedy

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