[IAEP] users doing python in XOs

Martin Dengler martin at martindengler.com
Sun Dec 2 09:13:39 EST 2012

On Sat, Dec 01, 2012 at 10:08:07PM -0600, Yama Ploskonka wrote:
> If it is defunct, can we use binaries finally to optimize and speed
> up operation

"Using binaries" is not what needs to be done.  "Rewriting each
activity" (that you want to speed up) is what you're saying needs to
be done.  That's a lot more work than just finding the bottlenecks in
existing python applications and reducing them.

> instead of an interpreted language, notoriously less
> efficient of the very limited resources?

Interpreted languages are more efficient at using porting resources
when the binary formats change, and more efficient in how they use
developer resources.  Python is at the top of the list of
languages/platforms that meet the Educational and Technical goals on
http://www.sugarlabs.org/index.php?template=page&page=contributors .
It's one of the best languages for the "low floor, high ceiling" goal.
And in many areas it's becoming more and more common in the
workplace[1], so it's hardly a niche language any more.

If you want to rewrite the applications in C or Lua or something, I
don't think anybody's going to stop you.


1. http://news.efinancialcareers.com/15728/if-youre-a-technologist-with-python-or-scala-skills-consider-yourself-in-demand/
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