Self function

Luis Zarrabeitia kyrie at
Tue May 5 08:57:17 EDT 2009

On Tuesday 05 May 2009 04:25:49 am Carl Banks wrote:
> Iteration should be used instead of recursion anywhere a tail-
> recursive algorithm is possible.  Recursion should be used only when
> tail-recursion is not possible.

Is it because most languages suck at recursion (specially python, as this 
thread shows)? If that's the reason, I think you have it backwards... Turning 
a tail-recursion into an iteration should be the compiler's job, not mine.

An algorithm, any algorithm, should be written in the way that is easier to 
read, unless the language wont allow that easier implementation to be 
efficient enough.

Programming languages suck, but that shouldn't mean that we can't hope to 
improve them.

Luis Zarrabeitia (aka Kyrie)
Fac. de Matemática y Computación, UH.

More information about the Python-list mailing list