python simply not scaleable enough for google?

greg greg at
Wed Nov 18 00:24:37 CET 2009

David Cournapeau wrote:

> It is a bit odd to dismiss "python is slow" by saying that you can
> extend it with fortran. One of the most significant point of python
> IMO is its readability, even for people not familiar with it, and
> that's important when doing scientific work. Relying on a lot of
> compiled libraries goes against it.

If it were necessary to write a new compiled library every
time you wanted to solve a new problem, that would be true.
But it's not like that if you pick the right libraries.

NumPy, for example, is *extremely* flexible. Someone put
in the effort, once, to write it and make it fast -- and
now an endless variety of programs can be written very easily
in Python to make use of it.


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