Why is it impossible to create a compiler than can compile Python to machinecode like C?

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Fri Mar 1 04:47:34 CET 2013


On Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:03:09 +0100, Stefan Behnel wrote:

> The most widely used static Python compiler is Cython

Cython is not a Python compiler. Cython code will not run in a vanilla 
Python implementation. It has different keywords and syntax, e.g.:

cdef inline int func(double num):
    ...


which gives SyntaxError in a Python compiler.

Cython is an excellent language and a great addition to the Python 
ecosystem, but it is incorrect to call it "Python".


-- 
Steven



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