[Python-3000] Python/C++ question

Georg Brandl g.brandl at gmx.net
Mon Aug 14 21:13:50 CEST 2006

Guido van Rossum wrote:
> On 8/13/06, Georg Brandl <g.brandl at gmx.net> wrote:
>> Talin wrote:
>> > Guido van Rossum wrote:
>> >> On 8/9/06, Talin <talin at acm.org> wrote:
>> >> For the majority of Python developers it's probably the other way
>> >> around. It's been 15 years since I wrote C++, and unlike C, that
>> >> language has changed a lot since then...
>> >>
>> >> It would be a complete rewrite; I prefer doing a gradual
>> >> transmogrification of the current codebase into Py3k rather than
>> >> starting from scratch (read Joel Spolsky on why).
>> >
>> > BTW, Should this be added to PEP 3099?
>> Yes, why not.
> Although perhaps it makes more sense to add something positive to PEP 3000, e.g.
> Implementation Language
> ==================
> Python 3000 will be implemented in C, and the implementation will be
> derived as an evolution of the Python 2 code base. This reflects my
> views (which I share with Joel Spolsky) on the dangers of complete
> rewrites. Since Python 3000 as a language is a relatively mild
> improvement on Python 2, we can gain a lot by not attempting to
> reimplement the language from scratch. I am not against parallel
> from-scratch implementation efforts, but my own efforts will be
> directed at the language and implementation that I know best.

I had already added something to PEP 3099, but if you like that approach
better, I'll add that to PEP 3000.


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