2009/3/18 Arc Riley <arcriley@gmail.com>
On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM, Maciej Fijalkowski <fijall@gmail.com> wrote:
I think we need to ask first guys who spend their live maintaining
libraries instead of just proposing "let's make some poor student port
it to py3k", but I might be just wrong, I don't know.

I agree.  Part of Summer of Code is about getting students involved so they stick around, and heck my second SoC student is still with our project as the #2 committer, but he's an exception.

Also, we need the projects involved to want the tasks done by a student.  As a project maintainer I wouldn't want an intern being the most familiar person with our Py3 migration, I'd rather students stick with new features or optimization and coordinate the migration process as a group-wide effort.

I added the 2to3 improvement idea to the list, a good start :-)  We need a couple more at least.

If a 3to2 tool (for backporting Py3 code to Py2, so projects can develop primarily in Py3?)

Exactly. The semantics are cleaner in 3.x, suggesting it would be easier to backport it to 2.x.
is something that's wanted, who would be a good mentor for it?

Benjamin has done the most work on 2to3 recently. Thomas Wouters originally came up with the idea for 3to2 but I suspect he doesn't want to mentor.