a basic bytecode to machine code compiler

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Sat Apr 2 06:04:11 EDT 2011

On Fri, 01 Apr 2011 17:45:39 +0200, Stefan Behnel wrote:

> Steven D'Aprano, 01.04.2011 14:57:
>> I suggest you check out the competitors:
>> Shedskin is a Python to C++ compiler; Psyco is a JIT specialising
>> compiler; Nuitka claims to be a C++ implementation that compiles to
>> machine code; Berp claims to be a Haskell implementation that does the
>> same; Compyler claims to be a native x86 assembly compiler; UnPython
>> claims to be an experimental Python to C compiler.
>> Of the six, as far as I know only Shedskin and Psyco are widely used.
> Erm, yes, right. If you want to exclude Cython, which arguably is the
> only static Python compiler that actually has a large user base, then
> those may really be the only two that are widely used. Except that Psyco
> is certainly being used a lot more often than Shedskin, mainly because
> it actually allows you to execute Python code.

My apologies, I thought about including Cython in the list, but my 
understanding of it is that it is a derivative of Pyrex, and used for 
writing C extensions in a Python-like language (Python + type 
annotations). We were talking about talking ordinary, unmodified Python 
code and compiling it to machine code, and I didn't think either Pyrex or 
Cython do that.


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