[ann] Minimal Python project

Matthias Heiler heiler at nospm-uni-mannheim.de
Tue Jan 14 14:33:38 CET 2003


Hello,

Paul Rubin wrote:
> In fact some Lisp systems have been shown to produce compiled code
> that runs as fast as compiled C code.  I don't see that Python needs
> to be different.

A free example ist CMUCL [1], which produces excellent code if provided with 
enough type information (which is optional in common lisp).  Maybe it's 
interesting for the Minimal-Python-Crew to look at. 

Along this line, there's an article from Richard P. Gabriel on how a "next 
lisp" should look like [2].  At least superfiscially, Richard's ideas sound 
similar to some stated in this thread.  

Lisp has a looong history and finally managed to combine efficient 
compilation with a highly dynamic programming model.  Building on some of 
lisp's experience may help steer Minimal-Python (or whatever will be its 
name) in the right direction.

Best wishes,

 Matthias

[1] http://www.cons.org/cmucl/
[2] http://www.ai.mit.edu/docs/articles/good-news/subsection3.3.6.html




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