[ann] Minimal Python project

Steve Holden sholden at holdenweb.com
Sun Jan 12 18:56:00 CET 2003

"Edward K. Ream" <edream at tds.net> wrote ...
> > As Armin Rigo of PSYCO fame takes part in the effort,
> we are confident that MinimalPython will eventually
> run faster than today's CPython.
> This announcement seems to be making a truly remarkable claim, namely that
> one could increase the speed of  C code by recoding it in Python and then
> applying Psycho to it.
> I am inclined to disbelieve this claim.  Why should Psycho be able to do
> better than an optimizing C compiler applied to hand-written interpreter
> code and/or library code?  [...]
> Would anyone care to enlighten me how MinimalPython will achieve its
> goals?
In more or less the same way that a good C compiler nowadays tends to
produce code that out-performs an algorithm coded in assembly language by a
moderately-competent programmer?

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