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So, one of the more exciting events of the year 2004 might prove to be
the Python versus Parrot challenge, Pie-thon. In short, the
performance of executing Python bytecode in CPython and in Parrot
virtual machine will be measured at O'Reilly Open Source
Convention 2004, and the representative of the loser's side,
either Guido van Rossum or
Dan Sugalski, gets a pie thrown at his
face. Additionally, the loser pays 10 dollars and a round of drinks to
the winner. More importantly, it's a matter of pride, of course.
Indeed, I spent the first 15 years of my computer career writing
optimizing compilers for a living, and it's *so* worth it that in 10+
years of Python development, nobody has offered to pay me so much as
an insignificant fraction of how much it's worth.
I'm in. Given how low you set your stakes, I don't think you're very
confident, so I'd like to call your bluff. :-)
And when Guido boasted
with "Seriously, I expect Dan to lose without any effort on our
part", Dan quickly raised the bets to the cream-pies-on-face,
The challenge was announced at OSCON 2003 in the opening lightning
talk, as Guido
And let's not forget the opening lightning talk, which I presented
together with Dan Sugalski: the Great Python Parrot Challenge. Dan
believes that at OSCON 2004, Parrot will be able to execute Python
bytecode faster than CPython can.