Python and the need for speed

Michael Torrie torriem at
Sat Apr 15 13:35:24 EDT 2017

On 04/15/2017 08:37 AM, bartc wrote:
> What proportion of Python implementations depend on executing byte-code?

Presumably Nuitka does not depend on any byte code at all.  Jython uses
JVM byte codes.  Iron Python uses .net VM bytecodes.

While CPython's byte codes do take their form in part because of Python
and its syntax. But that doesn't mean that Python itself as a language
is necessarily dependent on the specifics of the CPython byte code
interpreter and architecture, though I concede that for some aspects of
Python, the behavior of the language is defined by the CPython
implementation.  The two aspects are definitely linked, but not as
solidly as you seem to think.

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