Is this a true statement?

Martin von Loewis loewis at informatik.hu-berlin.de
Mon Jun 25 16:30:21 CEST 2001


ullrich at math.okstate.edu (David C. Ullrich) writes:

> It wasn't supposed to be a "point" at all. Various explanations have
> been given for why you can't write a device driver in Python. I
> see why a device driver has to do various things that Python
> cannot do, but I don't see why a program that _writes_ a device
> driver has to do these things.

The point is that a program that writes a device driver is not the
device driver itself. Instead, the program that writes a device driver
is typically called 'compiler' or 'linker'. You can certainly write
compilers and linkers in Python, and some people have actually done so.

However, 'writing a program that generates a device driver' is not at
all the same as 'writing a device driver'.

Regards,
Martin



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