I generally have an edit - test cycle in Python which is much shorter than my edit - compile cycle in C
I generally have the opposite situation - the test runs slow (because the program communicates with a remote computer which I don't have any control over so I can't make it faster) but the C++ compilation is fast (it doesn't take that long to compile a file and link an executable). In this case it's really a pain in the a** if I mistyped a variable name in the last few statements of the Python code... This is the kind of error that could be found at compile time - I see no reason why we couldn't find it. The -c option of perl is really useful for this situation.
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