[Python-Dev] [Fwd: Re: Splitting c.l.py...]

Tim Peters tim_one@email.msn.com
Sat, 8 Jul 2000 23:22:13 -0400

[Neil Hodgson]
> ...
>    The problem for me here is that knowledge of what is going
> to happen to Python is kept by the Python developers away from
> the Python users.

This is a bit funny, because users can know *much* more about what's coming
up in Python now than they ever could in earlier days!  The source tree, the
patches, and the discussions are all there to be seen, for anyone who cares
to make the effort.  If users want to be spoon-fed, that's fine, but it's
sure not my job to do that (albeit that it used to be a hobby of mine
<wink> -- and one I hope to resume).

When lambda, map and filter were added to Python 5 or 6 years ago, it was a
complete surprise.  The surprise level has gone down every year since.

I expect that for P3K we should move toward a more formal and conventional
scheme of writing detailed proposals, and actively soliciting coherent
public review.  The chaos of a general large newsgroup prevents
accomplishing much of anything, though.

    y'rs  - tim