[OT] New to Python: Features

Greg Ewing greg at cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Oct 7 05:26:22 CEST 2004


Alex Martelli wrote:
> Mark English <Mark.English at liffe.com> wrote:
>>Python is generally 2000 to 3000 times faster than Java if you run Java
>>on a toaster and Python on a super-cooled space computer orbiting
>>Saturn.
> 
> Roughly correct, though the exact number depends on the model of
> toaster.  But in the next release of Python, we're going to extend the
> validity of this observation to computers orbiting Neptune

The disadvantage being that you have to get the results back
via the Deep Space Network, which at that distance is limited
to about 3 bits per second. Fine for functions with a boolean
result, though.

-- 
Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept,
University of Canterbury,	
Christchurch, New Zealand
http://www.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz/~greg




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