My only complaint about Python

flab ba flab at
Fri Aug 20 07:47:40 CEST 2004

I use Python for mission-critical enterprise level stuff, and I have to
say that on **Windows**,  I'd rather it be compiled with MSVC, and not
something like MingW or GCC.

Under no circumstances would I put something in production if it was using

There is nothing to stop you from compiling Python yourself with the free
Visual C++ Toolkit. Instructions are here:

When the 2005 Toolkit comes out, I have a sneaky suspicion that the
"Starter" pack will be good enough to compile Python - which will be
very cheap (maybe even as low as $50).

An important part of Python for Windows is Mark Hammond's Windows
extensions - I wonder if these rely on a very "windows-savy" compiler like
(Borland or VC++ )


On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 11:42:50 -0400, Darren Dale wrote:

> I love the language. I love the community. My only complaint is that 
> Python for Windows is built with Visual Studio.
> It is too difficult to build python, or a module, from source. This is 
> what open source is all about, isnt it? I even have a copy of visual 
> studio, and I still cant build modules from source, because my academic 
> copy is version 7. As a scientist funded by the NSF, I feel compelled to 
> do all my work using free software (I feel compelled to use free 
> software, regardless). And I feel compelled to contribute to the 
> scientific capabilities of my favorite programming language. But this 
> compiler issue is a big (and seemingly unnecessary) impediment. Will the 
> BDFL ever split with Visual Studio?

More information about the Python-list mailing list