Why is python not written in C++ ?

John Bokma john at castleamber.com
Mon Aug 2 03:05:29 CEST 2010


Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> writes:

> On 8/1/2010 7:08 PM, candide wrote:
>> Python is an object oriented langage (OOL). The Python main
>> implementation is written in pure and "old" C90. Is it for historical
>> reasons?
>
> Python was first released before C++. 

C++ was named C++ in 1983 (development on it started in 1979) and the
first commercial implementation was released in 1985 [1]. Implementation
of Python started in December 1989 [2].

So: no. (I was quite sure on this, since I started to program in C++ in
the late 80's/early 90's IIRC).

[1] 
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_plus_plus#History 

[2]
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28programming_language%29#History
 http://python-history.blogspot.com/2009/01/brief-timeline-of-python.html

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