Real Problems with Python

William Tanksley wtanksle at
Wed Feb 16 16:34:12 EST 2000

On 14 Feb 2000 17:33:13 +0100, Martin von Loewis wrote:
>François Pinard <pinard at> writes:

>> very much like the current implications of reference counting.  When I write:
>>     for line in open(FILE).readlines():

>> I rely on the fact FILE will automatically get closed, and very soon since

>Indeed. I think Tim's right here (as always:); if the request for
>garbage collection is rephrased as 'reclaim cycles', everybody will be

I'd like that, but I also like the idea of not having to track memory
usage when writing C extensions.  I think Ruby's done a good job of
showing what's possible here.


-William "Billy" Tanksley, in hoc signo hack

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