[Python-3000] [Python-Dev] What should the focus for 2.6 be?

Talin talin at acm.org
Thu Aug 24 05:38:06 CEST 2006

Josiah Carlson wrote:
> "Terry Reedy" <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
>> "Josiah Carlson" <jcarlson at uci.edu> wrote in message 
>> news:20060823125951.1A60.JCARLSON at uci.edu...
>>> The intent of my post was to say that all of us want Py3k to succeed,
>> I should hope that we all do.
>>> but I believe that in order for it to succeed that breakage from the 2.x
>>> series should be gradual, in a similar way to how 2.x -> 2.x+1 breakage
>>> has been gradual.
>> Given that the rate of intentional breakage in the core language (including 
>> builtins) has been very minimal, this would take a couple of decades, which 
>> to my mind would be a failure.
> If we could stick with a 12-18 month release schedule, using deprecation
> and removal in subsequent releases, every removal could happen in 2-3
> years. 2.6 could offer every feature of 3.0 (except for
> backwards-incompatible syntax), warning of removal or relocation (in the
> case of stdlib reorganization), 3.0 could handle all of the actual
> syntax changes.

2.6 should also include a powerful 'lint' option that detects use of 
features not compatible with 3.0. Something like "from __future__ import 
pedantic" or something along those lines.

-- Talin

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