Guido van Rossum, who created popular programming language Python 30 years ago, has outlined plans to make it twice as fast, addressing a key weakness compared to languages like C++.
Van Rossum, hired by open-source friendly Microsoft in November, posted a document entitled "Faster CPhython" on GitHub detailing plans to make Python a faster language, promising to double its speed in Python 3.11 — one of three Python branches that will emerge next year in a pre-alpha release.
Microsoft has funded a small team to "take charge of performance improvements" in Python, according to van Rossum. It currently has five core developers who contribute to the development of CPython, all veterans in the Python core developer community.
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