funny slashdot quote regarding python 2.3 release

Irmen de Jong irmen at
Wed Jul 30 13:48:56 CEST 2003

Guyon Morée wrote:
>  suspect that most time-critical code is not written in python.
> Depends on which time is critical: CPU time, or programmer time?
> -jcr

Not only funny, but also a very *sound* question.

 From your development company's point of view: the programmer time.
 From the customer's point of view: depends. Usually CPU time.
But programmer's time means longer realization times and usually
higher cost (unless the project is fixed-price).

And let's not forget that time-critical code can very well be
written in a high-performance C extension module.


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