[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change
Barry A. Warsaw
Mon, 8 Apr 2002 02:33:45 -0400
>>>>> "TP" == Tim Peters <email@example.com> writes:
TP> Don't think Linux is immune either. Upgrading gcc or glibc
TP> can "suddenly break" programs that used to work fine. God has
TP> a sense of humor about this, though: He usually arranges that
TP> breakage show up first in obscure libm endcases <wink>.
Or upgrade a supposedly backwards compatible library, like, oh I
>> ... We're really touching on much deeper flaws in software
>> development, with no good answers, IMO.
TP> Indeed so! Python's not the only thing that changes in
TP> incompatible ways over time: *everything* does, including the
TP> compilers, system libraries, system tools, and OS policies.
Heck, I wash my pillow and I can't sleep right for weeks.
TP> For this reason, I suggest naming the hypothetical "forward
TP> and backward compatible forever more" Python branch the
TP> "Python Acrostics and Beekeeping" branch.
TP> you-can't-spell-pablum-without-pab-ly y'rs - tim
Or how about the "Garth Releases" (named after character in Wayne's
World who utters the immortal truth "We fear change").