Fortran vs Python - Newbie Question

Mel Wilson mwilson at
Thu Mar 29 06:11:06 CEST 2007

Terry Reedy wrote:
> "Tim Roberts" <timr at> wrote in message 
> news:2e4k03l8tj9oicmn8c21vobrnvkmdstabr at
> | Once upon a time,
> | Basic enthusiasts would have used the word "tokenized" to describe .pyc 
> files.
> Perhaps, but they would, I think, have been wrong.  Tokenized Basic to the 
> best of my knowledge, is a reversibly compressed version of the source 
> file.  The 'while' keyword, is there is one, is replaced by a number, but 
> no parsing is done.

Almost reversibly.  The giveaway was when you listed your BASIC 
program and all the keywords came out upper-case, regardless of what 
case you'd typed them in.


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