[Python-Dev] Re: Stability and change

Aahz aahz@pythoncraft.com
Mon, 8 Apr 2002 18:14:14 -0400

On Mon, Apr 08, 2002, Barry A. Warsaw wrote:
> >>>>> "A" == Aahz  <aahz@pythoncraft.com> writes:
>     A> Hrm.  But until it's no longer a separate package, why use
>     A> 2.2-specific features in the builtin package?
> Because it's convenient, and the semantics are subtly different (and
> IMO suboptimal) without them.  E.g. the builtin version uses a
> generator in a few places, while the standalone version uses an
> iterator.  The generator version is much more intuitive, but to write
> cross-version code that uses that interface you need to do something
> like call list() on a return value.

Well, sure.  But you have to do that suboptimal stuff *anyway* in order
to maintain the separate package.  How is the overall development
process more convenient to maintain two codebases?
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