Algorithms Library - Asking for Pointers

Travis Parks jehugaleahsa at
Sun Sep 4 05:35:24 CEST 2011

On Sep 3, 12:35 am, Chris Torek <nos... at> wrote:
> In article <18fe4afd-569b-4580-a629-50f6c7482... at>
> Travis Parks  <jehugalea... at> wrote:
> >[Someone] commented that the itertools algorithms will perform
> >faster than the hand-written ones. Are these algorithms optimized
> >internally?
> They are written in C, so avoid a lot of CPython interpreter
> overhead.  Mileage in Jython, etc., may vary...
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I thought I would point out that many of the itertools functions
change between 2.x and 3.x versions. Since 2.7 is supposed to be the
last 2.x language, I suppose I will wait until 3.2 becomes the norm
before I incorporate some of these changes. In the mean time, I will
starting working on algorithms that work against Sequences.

I think a really important lesson is that Python really doesn't need
an algorithms library, like many others do. A lot of the common
algorithms are supported by the syntax itself. All my library did was
allow for easier function composition.

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