Py 2.5 on Language Shootout

Carl Friedrich Bolz cfbolz at gmx.de
Sat Jan 20 16:23:44 CET 2007


pgarrone at acay.com.au wrote:
 >>> Looking over the benchmarks, one gains the impression that Python is a
 >>> slow language.
 >> What does that even mean - a slow language?
 >>
 >
 > The alioth benchmarks provide a set of numbers by which
 > languages may be compared.

Wrong. The benchmarks provide a set of numbers by which
_implementations_ of languages can be compared. After all, it is
possible that someone implements a magic-pixie-dust-interpreter that
executes Python programs several orders of magnitude fastes than
CPython. Or you could say that C is slow because if you use CINT, a C
interpreter ( http://root.cern.ch/root/Cint.html ) to execute it, it is
slow.

Cheers,

Carl Friedrich Bolz




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