[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change
Guido van Rossum
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
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)