Code that ought to run fast, but can't due to Python limitations.

Paul Rubin http
Sun Jul 5 11:38:54 CEST 2009

Steven D'Aprano <steve at> writes:
> Yes, I'm aware of that, but that's not what John's code is doing -- he's 
> doing a series of if expr ... elif expr tests. I don't think a case 
> statement can do much to optimize that.

The series of tests is written that way because there is no case
statement available.  It is essentially switching on a bunch of
character constants and then doing some additional tests in each

It could be that using ord(c) as an index into a list of functions
might be faster than a dict lookup on c to get a function.  I think
John is hoping to avoid a function call and instead get an indexed
jump within the Python bytecode for the big function.

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