6 ways to package Python apps for re-use

Python's explosive growth over the last decade has shown the world it's a powerful and flexible way to accomplish very nearly anything you want to do in computing. It's also clear that Python still has a few painful shortcomings that can't be ignored.

One of Python's biggest shortcomings is that it's hard, often unreasonably so, to take a Python program you've written and just give it to someone else. Languages like C and C++, and now Go and Rust, have build tools that generate a standalone binary artifact. Python, an interpreted language, requires its runtime in order to do anything. But bundling the runtime with your code is at best a clumsy process.

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