What If Python Replaced Elisp?

Fredrik Lundh effbot at telia.com
Fri Mar 10 00:49:54 CET 2000

Samuel A. Falvo II wrote:
> >umm.  does using an explicit syntax tree turn Lisp
> >into a statically typed language?
> No, but I don't see what this has to do with the point I was trying to
> either.

then I don't understand your point -- to compile
things efficiently, you need to know what types
your variables have.

in Python, you don't know that, no matter what
tree structure or byte code format you use.

> >Python's interpreter spends very little time decoding
> >the byte codes.  it spends lots of time looking things
> >up in dictionaries, filling in call frames, creating bound
> >method objects, and preparing argument tuples, just
> >to name a few things...
> All of which can be eliminated with various optimization options.

really?  please explain.


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