Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Sep 2005 12:05 UTC, submitted by Luis Gonzalez
General Development Shed Skin is an experimental Python-to-C++ compiler. It can convert many Python programs into optimized C++ code, without any user intervention such as adding type declarations. Its main purpose is to optimize algorithmic-like Python code, by applying advanced global type inference techniques.
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The speed of Bash, etc, is almost never the actual problem. The actual problem is usually that system startup involves lots of disk I/O through a cold cache, which is pretty much the slowest thing you can do on a computer. Even if the script was 10x as fast, it'd still spend 99% of its time sleeping.

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