On-topic: alternate Python implementations

Jürgen A. Erhard jae+python at jaerhard.com
Sun Aug 5 01:25:10 CEST 2012

On Sat, Aug 04, 2012 at 08:40:16AM +0200, Stefan Behnel wrote:
> Steven D'Aprano, 04.08.2012 08:15:
> > Most people are aware, if only vaguely, of the big Four Python 
> > implementations:
> > 
> And not to forget Cython, which is the only static Python compiler that is
> widely used. Compiles and optimises Python to C code that uses the CPython
> runtime and allows for easy manual optimisations to get C-like performance
> out of it.

Cython is certainly *not* a Python *implementation*, since it always
uses the CPython runtime (and compiling Cython C files requires

None of the other implementations require Python for actually
compiling or running Python source.

Oh, yes, you can create a stand-alone... wait, a "stand-alone" app.
By embedding the Python runtime (dynamic linking with libpythonX.Y...
maybe static too?  Didn't test, because it's irrelevant for making the

Grits, J

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