Why is python not written in C++ ?

Gregory Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Sat Aug 7 09:33:44 CEST 2010

Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:

> at one 
> time there was an experiment to make the kernel compilable with a C++ 
> compiler, without actually using any C++ features. The result: they lost 
> about 10% in speed. That was enough to put the kernel developers off taking 
> the experiment any further.

FWIW, certain parts of the Darwin kernel are written in a
carefully-selected subset of C++. So Apple evidently think
that it makes sense to use some C++ in a Unix kernel under
some circumstances.


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