Python Compiling

Michael Hudson mwh at
Wed Oct 2 17:17:19 CEST 2002

David Ehrens <nospam at> writes:

> Michael Hudson <mwh at> wrote in
> news:lkit0nvm93.fsf at 
> > "Terje Johan Abrahamsen" <spoermeg at> writes:
> > 
> >> But, I guess my question boils down to, why is not Python a
> >> compiled language? 
> > 
> > The unhelpful answer: it is!  It compiles to a high-level
> > bytecode. See other replies for info about compiling to a
> > lower-level instruction set...
> Bytecode is not machine code. No matter how similar it seems to a 
> human, it's just not the same thing to the machine that has to 
> run it.

So?  That doesn't detract from what I said...

There's nothing about the verb "to compile" that implies the output is
x86 machine code.


  Strangely enough  I saw just such a beast at  the grocery store
  last night. Starbucks sells Javachip. (It's ice cream, but that
  shouldn't be an obstacle for the Java marketing people.)
                                         -- Jeremy Hylton, 29 Apr 1997

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