WHY is python slow?

Steven Haryanto steven at haryan.to
Thu Jun 7 03:52:36 EDT 2001

Although it is generally accepted that Python is slower than
Java/Perl/Ruby, a layman like me would be curious to know why
exactly this is so. In other words, why is the implementation
of a language like Ruby (which is on par with Python in terms
of 'everything is an object', strong reflection, dynamic

My first guess would be the ubiquitous use of dictionaries?


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