Now that 1.5.2 is finalized, I'll be starting to prepare a patch for the rich comparisons.
Guido, how do you envision python-dev working?
I though we'd just crack Monty Python jokes while pretending to work :-)
Do you want to hand out a TODO list for 1.6?
Well, I'm not saying that this is the definitive list, but certainly there are a bunch of things that definitely need to be incorporated. Here's an excerpt of a list that I keep for myself, in no particular order, with brief annotations (I have a meeting in 15 minutes :):
Redesign thread/init APIs
See the recent discussion in the thread-sig. There should be some kind of micro-init that initializes essential components (including the thread lock!) but doesn't create an interpreter or a threadstate object. There should also be a notion of a default interpreter.
Break up into VM, parser, import, mainloop, and other components?
The porting efforts to seriously small machines (Win/CE, Pilot, etc.) all seem to need a Python VM that doesn't automatically pull in the parser and interactive main loop. There are other reasons as well to isolate various parts of the functionality (including all numeric data types except ints).
This could include: restructuring of the parser so codeop.py can be simplified; making the interactive main loop a script.
Barry has his patches ready.
What is the status of /F's latest attempts?
This is Dave's plan.
Marc-Andre Lemburg has some good suggestions here: http://starship.python.net/~lemburg/coercion-0.6.zip
It should be much easier to add hooks to allow importing from zip files, from a URL, etc., or (different) hooks to allow looking for different extensions (e.g. to automatically generate ILU stubs). This should help the small platforms too, since they often don't have a filesystem, so their imports will have to come from some other place.
I'm tired of supporting K&R C. All code should be converted to using prototypes. The Py_PROTO macros should go. We can add const-correctness to all code. Too bad for platforms without decent compilers (let them get GCC).
Buffer object API extensions
Marc-Andre Lemburg has a patch
Should we start integrating some of the results of the distutil SIG? (What's the status? I haven't been paying attention.)
Jeremy Hylton's urllib2.py
Greg Stein's new httplib.py (or Jeremy's?)
Andrew Kuchling's new PCRE release?
The IPv6 patches?
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)