Beginning programming with Python

Pieter Nagel pnagel at tbs.co.za
Thu Nov 18 11:24:42 CET 1999


On Tue, 16 Nov 1999, Janos Blazi wrote:

> From: Janos Blazi <jblazi at netsurf.de>

> > the less time it costs to program it, the more time it costs to run it,
> > the more time it costs to program it, the less time it costs to run it.
> 
> Is this some law of nature I missed at university?
> But obviously, as far as raw speed is concerned Python cannot compete with
> C. Nobody can attempt to deny that. So if speed is an issue for you, use C.

But then of course 90% of the time is spent in only 10% of the code.
So I'd write 90% of the code in Python and just the speed-critical
bit in C.

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