Python -- (just) a successful experiment?
Mon Aug 8 19:09:12 CEST 2005
"Kay Schluehr" <kay.schluehr at gmx.net> writes:
> > Having a good FFI is certainly an important feature but Python
> > programs should first and foremost be Python programs.
> Python was originally created as an extension language for C. In some
> sense it is an abstraction layer for C libs.
I'd have to respond: that was then, this is now. As Python has gotten
more powerful, that C extension feature has gotten less central. That
is to say, the language is growing up, and unwillingness to recognize
that is in some places stunting Python's growth.
> Did you ever check out ctypes? I appreciate it very much.
I think I did see something about it before. I should check it out
further. But mainly I want my Python programs to be Python programs,
not wrappers for C programs. And frankly I'm more comfortable with
something like SWIG, which turns the C functions into actual Python
modules rather than exposing naked C functions to Python code
(destroying Python's type safety).
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