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

Dave Benjamin ramen at
Sat Jan 10 07:54:00 CET 2004

In article <mailman.247.1073688079.12720.python-list at>, Robert Brewer wrote:
>> Do you spend a "significant" amount of time actually
>> optimizing your Python applications?  (Significant is
>> here defined as "more than five percent of your time",
>> which is for example two hours a week in a 40-hour
>> work week.)
> No, I don't. The big object server I'm working on now for four months
> (which actually *has* some performance requirements) has had _one_
> optimization round. I noticed some slowness, profiled the problem down
> to the DB layer, and solved it by switching my ADO recordset to
> read-only. That cut the load time of objects to 1/3 of what it was
> before the optimization. All the other operations to get that data laid
> out on a web page were insignificant in comparison.

That's generally been my experience as well.

> Generally, I tend to "worry" far more about interface design (for both
> users and developers) than performance.

Thank you! I couldn't say it better.

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