[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Mon, 08 Apr 2002 13:38:57 -0400

> > All the Python developers need to do is decide on a point where they
> > won't allow incompatible changes to new features between micro
> > releases.  Currently that point is the release of the "final" release
> > of a minor version (e.g. 2.2).  I can see that point shifting to a
> > later micro release for future minor releases, so that e.g. 2.3, 2.3.1
> > up to 2.3.7 may contain incompatible features, but 2.3.8 and later
> > must be compatible with 2.3.7.

> It seems to me that the "stabilization" point SHOULD be more
> clearly marked -- get the message out "this IS stable and reliable,
> anything written for this release will not break in future releases
> of the same major.minor" in a very clear way.


> It seems to me that duplicating (in your example) 2.3.8 to 2.4.0
> (and using 2.5.0 as the new baseline for further experimentation)
> would be a very clear signal in this sense.

*If* the community likes the even/odd distinction enough.  I've heard
mixed feelings.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)