New to Python - Compiled Language?

Mark Hahn mark at
Thu Nov 6 07:14:48 CET 2003

If you want to see an example of a complete non-trivial windows shareware
application written in 100% python, download my:
There is no way anyone can distinquish it from a C++ or VB app and no one
has dinged me for it's download size.

"Michael Geary" <Mike at> wrote in message
news:vqif0v95nftmba at
> > Michael Geary:
> > > Python compiles to bytecode, not to machine code. But that
> > > doesn't mean the end user needs to install a Python interpreter.
> Michele Simionato:
> > Actually it does; py2exe and similar programs ship the interpreter
> > bundled with the code, so you don't install the interpreter directly,
> > but indirectly you do. The disadvantage is that a ten line script
> > requires megabites of space in order to be made executable. This
> > may be an issue if you plan to distribute your program via the net
> > and your customers have slow connection. Also, it may be an issue
> > for embedded systems. Finally, it is somewhat disturbing that a ten
> > line script cannot fit in good old 3.5' floppy :-(
> That's true, of course. What I meant was merely that you could hide all of
> this so that the end user doesn't have to go through a separate step of
> downloading and installing the Python interpreter. So it becomes a size
> issue, not a "why do I have to go through all these steps?" issue.
> -Mike

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