A more pythonic way of writting

Steven D'Aprano steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au
Sat Dec 6 00:19:06 CET 2008

On Fri, 05 Dec 2008 07:44:21 -0800, eric wrote:

> I like to believe that the less the 'debug pointer' stands in the python
> code, the fastest the code is (or is potentially)

What's a debug pointer?

Pre-mature optimization is the root of evil in programming. Unless you 
have actually *measured* the speed of the code, how do you know you 
aren't making it slower instead of faster?

Experience with other languages often is misleading when programming with 
Python. If you are used to programming in C, for example, then you will 
tend to program one way because comparisons are fast and moving records 
is slow. But in Python, comparisons can be slow and moving records is 
fast, so the C programmer's intuitions about "fast code" are often 
pessimations instead of optimizations. 


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