Article of interest: Python pros/cons for the enterprise

Jeff Schwab jeff at
Thu Feb 28 04:12:00 CET 2008

Aahz wrote:
> In article <3b3111d3-699d-4f8d-b99e-87a0666f60a7 at>,
> Carl Banks  <pavlovevidence at> wrote:
>> On Feb 24, 7:03 pm, a... at (Aahz) wrote:
>>> In article <Y9KdnVYb7bq_m13anZ2dnUVZ_sedn... at>,
>>> Jeff Schwab  <j... at> wrote:
>>>> (3) Garbage collection is at least as desirable a language feature as
>>>> deterministic destruction.
>>> Enh.  There probably are some people who claim that, but I can't think
>>> of any off-hand.
>> I am most certainly claiming it; in fact I'm claiming that GC far more
>> desirable, because the cost of deterministic destruction is too high.
> I'm trimming the rest of your post because I don't have time to argue
> with you, but I want to point out that you're making the same mistake
> that Jeff is: garbage collection and deterministic destruction are not
> the only techniques for managing memory and resources.  In particular,
> CPython primarily relies on reference counting

That is GC.  It's just not mark & sweep.

>, which has similarities
> with *both* GC and deterministic destruction.
> Now you know why I said that I don't know anybody who makes Jeff's
> claim.  ;-)

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