How is Python designed?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sat Dec 4 00:18:54 CET 2004

"Limin Fu" <fulimin_yuan at> wrote in message 
news:20041203213108.36025.qmail at
> Thanks a lot for the explanations.
> So CPython used more or less the standard technique to
> implement the interpreter.

Yes.  Moreover, the code is still pretty clean (in most places, at least) 
after 15 years of development.  These two facts facilitate joining the 
development team.

If you want cutting-edge, mind twisting stuff, look into
Psyco extension (Armin Rigo, 1.3 just announced here)
Stackless extension (Christian Tismer)
PyPy (new interpreter written in Python, several people, has EU funding)

Terry J. Reedy

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