Python 'for' loop is memory inefficient
pavlovevidence at gmail.com
Mon Aug 17 04:12:20 CEST 2009
On Aug 16, 3:35 pm, sturlamolden <sturlamol... at yahoo.no> wrote:
> On 16 Aug, 14:57, Dennis Lee Bieber <wlfr... at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> > Well, the alternative would be to have two keywords for looping: one
> > for your "simple" incrementing integer loop, and another for a loop that
> > operates over the elements of some collection type.
> A compiler could easily recognise a statement like
> for i in range(n):
> as a simple integer loop.
It would be a simple to do if you were writing it for a different
langauge was a lot less dynamic than Python is. It'd be quite a
complex hack to add it to CPython's compiler while maintaing the
current highly dynamic runtime semantics and backwards compatibility,
which is a design constraint of Python whether you like it or not.
And all this complaining about an issue that can be worked around by
xrange instead of range. Sheesh.
> In fact, Cython is able to do this.
Cython can do this easily because it is a different language that is a
lot less dynamic than Python.
If you don't care about the dynamic stuff why don't you just use
Cython? Or quit complaining and just use xrange.
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