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Author gvanrossum
Recipients gvanrossum, janssen, jimjjewett, loewis, mgiuca, orsenthil, pitrou, thomaspinckney3
Date 2008-08-13.16:41:41
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>> Now that you've spent so  much time with this patch, can't you think
>> of a faster way of doing this?
> Well firstly, you could replace Quoter (the class) with a "quoter"
> function, which is nested inside quote. Would calling a nested function
> be faster than a method call?

Yes, but barely.

>> I wonder if mapping a defaultdict wouldn't work.
> That is a good idea. Then, the "function" (as I describe above) would be
> just the inside of what currently is the except block, and that would be
> the default_factory of the defaultdict. I think that should speed things up.

Yes, it would be tremendously faster, since the method would be called
only once per byte value (for each value of 'safe'), and if that byte
is repeated in the input, further occurrences will use the __getitem__
function of the defaultdict, which is implemented in C.

> I'm very hazy about what is faster in the bytecode world of Python, and
> wary of making a change and proclaiming "this is faster!" without doing
> proper speed tests (which is why I think this optimisation could be
> delayed until at least after the core interface changes are made).

That's very wise. But a first-order approximation of the speed of
something is often "how many functions/methods implemented in Python
(i.e. with def or lambda) does it call?"

> But I'll have a go at that change tomorrow.
> (I won't be able to work on this for up to 24 hours).

That's fine, as long as we have closure before beta3, which is next Wednesday.
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