python speed

Isaac Gouy igouy at
Thu Dec 1 20:23:59 CET 2005

elbertlev at wrote:
> Isaac Gouy wrote:
> > Which stated "Python is doing the heavy lifting with GMPY which is a
> > compiled C program with a Python wrapper" - but didn't seem to compare
> > that to GMPY with a Java wrapper?
> You are missing the main idea: Java is by design a general purpose
> programming language. That's why all "GMPYs" and alike are written in
> Java - now wrappers to C-libraries. Python, by design, is glue
> language. Python program is assembly of  C extensions and buildins
> wrapped in Python sintax.
> IHMO "real life" benchmark yuo are critisizing represents real life
> situation.

"1.1.3   What is Python good for?
Python is a high-level general-purpose programming language that can be
applied to many different classes of problems."

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