Faster Python programming: How these developers built Pyston, and where it goes next

Python implementation Pyston aims to speed up the programming language’s code for web applications. Creator Kevin Modzelewski tells TechRepublic where the project is heading next.

Pyston is at least 30% faster than Python, according to its development team.

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When Kevin Modzelewski and his colleagues at Dropbox set out to create Pyston in 2014, they had a very simple objective: to lower the costs of running Python code on Dropbox’s servers, by making the code itself faster.

“We were growing exponentially, so our server cost was growing exponentially,” Modzelewski tells TechRepublic. “If we could get Python running faster, we would spend less money running Python.”

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