[Python-Dev] Re: native code compiler? (or, OCaml vs. Python)

Dave Brueck dave at pythonapocrypha.com
Thu Jan 30 22:32:45 CET 2003


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On Fri, 31 Jan 2003, [iso-8859-1] Graham Guttocks wrote:

> Greg Ewing <greg at cosc.canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
> >
> >> one glaring weakness is the absence of a high-performance native
> >> code compiler. Are there any plans to develop this?
> >
> > This is asked fairly frequently, and the usual answer is "No, but
> > you're welcome to volunteer." :-)
>
> Really? It surprises me that after 10 years, this isn't something that
> has been given more priority. Is the problem simply too difficult?

I believe it's more a question of need. You're overestimating how often
Python ends up being too slow and/or how often compiling it would help
much.

-Dave





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