Straw poll on Python performance (was Re: Python is far from a top performer ...)

Dave Brueck dave at
Fri Jan 9 23:48:47 CET 2004

Dave wrote:
> I program in Python full-time and each spend approximately zero hours

> optimizing. In the past two years I can think of two instances in which I
> into heavy optimization mode: one was for a web server that needed to handle
> hundreds of requests per second and the other was a log processor that needed
> to parse and process several gigabytes of log data per hour.
> In the server I added a tiny C extension to make use of the Linux sendfile
> all the other optimizations were algorithmic. In the log processor all the
> optimizations ended up being either algorithmic or doing fewer dumb things
> (like recomputing cacheable data).

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