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On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM, Barry Warsaw email@example.com wrote:
On Feb 20, 2013, at 04:10 PM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
We could have a stable version of IDLE in the std lib, and another version available on PyPI. The PyPI version could change more rapidly, since it doesn't have to fit in with the release schedule for the std lib. As the release schedule allows, the two branches could be merged.
I have no idea if this has been tried before, but I think this would work better for an application like IDLE than for a library.
There's some precedence for this I think, e.g. mock, unittest2, email.
This was the plan for packaging vs distutils2, and I'll be proposing something similar for distlib, too.
It can be a little tricky to manage at times, but you can do truly experimental features in the PyPI version first with a warning that they're experimental (e.g the various incarnations contextlib.ExitStack went through when I first added it to contextlib2), while bug fixes and features you're more confident about can go directly into hg.python.org and then be published early through the downstream project.
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