Python and the need for speed

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Wed Apr 12 01:01:20 EDT 2017

On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 2:32 PM, Paul Rubin < at nospam.invalid> wrote:
> Chris Angelico <rosuav at> writes:
>> Python, meanwhile, has made it easy to write blocking
>> I/O in a single-threaded program, and then adds async'ness to it.
> I'd be interested to know how to open a disk file asynchronously in a
> single-threaded Python program under Linux.  As far as I can tell there
> is no way to do it.

I'm not sure how Node does it. But most of JavaScript/ECMAScript has
historically been aimed at web browsers, where you're not allowed to
open files as such, but you _can_ make HTTP requests. It's also
entirely possible to have a single "application thread" and then a
"file opening thread" that does nothing but open files; your app is
still single threaded (thus you don't have concurrency concerns), but
file opening becomes truly asynchronous.

Oh, and Python also has to cope with a bit more complexity because
it's possible to start multiple application threads in Python. It's
not in JS.


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