Assignment Versus Equality

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at
Wed Jun 29 02:45:51 EDT 2016

On Wednesday 29 June 2016 15:51, Lawrence D’Oliveiro wrote:

> On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 5:26:46 PM UTC+12, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> BUT in Python 3, the distinction between int and long is gone by dropping
>> int and renaming long as "int". So all Python ints are BIGNUMs.
> I don’t understand what the problem is with this. Is there supposed to be
> some issue with performance? Because I can’t see it.

If there is a performance hit, it's probably pretty small. It may have been 
bigger back in Python 3.0 or 3.1.

[steve at ando ~]$ python2.7 -m timeit -s "n = 0" "for i in xrange(10000): n += i"
100 loops, best of 3: 1.87 msec per loop

[steve at ando ~]$ python3.3 -m timeit -s "n = 0" "for i in range(10000): n += i"
1000 loops, best of 3: 1.89 msec per loop

Although setting debugging options does make it pretty slow:

[steve at ando ~]$ python/python-dev/3.6/python -m timeit -s "n = 0" "for i in 
range(10000): n += i"
100 loops, best of 3: 13.7 msec per loop


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