Is Python popular *because* it is slow?

I’ve been using Python with numeric/numarray/numpy and SWIG since the spring of 2002 for data analysis. The first application I used it for is the OOF holography software. The transition to Python was from tcl with hand-written bindings to C/C++ code. Read more

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Lately Grumpy has received some attention on reddit. YouTube Engineering showed a blog plost (Grumpy) which apparently proved that grumpy scaled much better then CPython on a Fibonacci benchmark. I felt like repeating this microbenchmark with Python to ch...

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The Rsync Algorithm in Python

I’ve often pondered this great and terrible beast – rsync. It’s spiny, nearly impenetrable command-line interface. Its majestic and wonderful efficiency. The depths of its man page, and the heights of its use-cases. (more…)

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