Angry Jesus writes:
We all know that python is slower than compiled languages like C. But what can you do about it? Jake VanderPlas, director of research in the physical sciences for the university of Washington's eScience institute, digs into python's internals to explain how it works and what program design choices you can make to use python efficiently.
The raw number crunching is slow, but the things I write in Python are network or disk access bound, not CPU bound. I can imagine a sufficiently large data set where that would shift, but in practice it's never happened.