Assorted Questions regarding the future of Python...

Robin Becker robin at
Tue Nov 2 11:37:06 EST 1999

In article <m3bt9cgbwy.fsf at phaedrus.zen.xom>, Rob Hodges
<s323140 at> writes
>Alessandro Bottoni <Alessandro.Bottoni at> writes:
>> 3) Visual Basic has two advantages on Python: it can compile programs (OK: I
>> know that we can generate "frozen" Python programs with "Freeze") 
>Unless something has changed dramatically since I last used windoze,
>VB is not compiled (in the sense of native machine code) any more than
>a frozen python program; rather, VB "executables" have a small header
>of native code that launches the vbrunxxx.dll (interpreter) to run the
>bytecode that makes up the rest of the file.  Which is more or less
>the equivalent of writing "#! /usr/bin/env python" at the top of your
>python script in UN*X, providing a corresponding .pyc has been
>generated.  Or double-clicking a .pyc file in windoze, for that
>matter.  So either way, your users have to either have the python
>interpreter or the appropriate vb dll somewhere on their system.
>Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.  (Though there's no way I'll
>ever touch VB <*shudder*>; just that I wouldn't like to be spreading
there's a pretty easy way to tell; just implement a null loop and time
it. Loops in VBA, VB script et al. are pretty slow.
Robin Becker

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