[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Mon, 08 Apr 2002 14:18:22 -0400

> You know PythonLabs's missions and goals better than I do.  If such
> goals weigh "making a new and better Python" far more highly than
> helping spread and preserve the use of Python, then you may well be
> right that the extra effort for (e.g.) making email part of the
> standard distribution vs the current "maintaining a separate distro"
> would be a bad allocation of scarce resources.

Actually, in the minds of the people who pay my salary, "making a new
and better Python" is one of the best ways to "help spread and
preserve the use of Python".

> Something requiring much effort is not necessarily "obviously out":
> it depends on how important you judge the results of those effort
> versus the results you could have by spending the effort elsewhere.

I very muich doubt that the corporate users who are currently worried
about the fast pace of change are interested in any particular
feature, and I don't think that any backported feature is going to
make that previous version more popular amongst managers with decision
power.  The question in front of them is, "should we use Python or
not", not "should we use Python 2.1".  To answer that question, they
want to perceive "Python" as stable, not "Python 2.1".

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