Python is far from a top performer according to benchmark test...

David M. Cooke cookedm+news at
Mon Jan 12 00:03:10 CET 2004

At some point, Samuel Walters <swalters_usenet at> wrote:
> Whether one uses Fortran, Python, or any other language, all primitives
> are eventually implemented in either C or assembly.  At some point or
> another, we end up scraping bare metal and silicon to get our answers.  
> The question then becomes, "How easily can I extend this language to fit
> my needs."  NumPy is evidence that at least a few people said "Easily
> enough."  I don't know how extensible Fortran is, but I would guess "very"
> since I've heard of it being applied in many domains other than numerical
> processing.  (OpenFirmware, for example.)

You're confusing Fortran with Forth, which is a stack-based language,
much like Postscript, or RPL used on HP 48 calculators.

These days, I doubt Fortran is used for anything but numerical processing.

|David M. Cooke

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