[Python-Dev] Re: Dropping decorator syntax for 2.4?
nidoizo at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 9 15:39:42 EDT 2004
Raymond Hettinger wrote:
> To mark a new feature as experimental is essentially deprecating it
> before it ever gets started. It is a strong discouragement from writing
> any programs that use the feature. Even so, some people will use it and
> there will be pressure to keep it even if the syntax turns out to be a
I agree with you. However, there's a difference between a deprecated
feature and an experimental one. You might not have any easy workaround
for an experimental feature, which you usually have for a deprecated
one. Maybe some developers prefer to have a "deprecated-experimental"
way to do something than no way at all and afford the cost of changing
everything in a next release. This __experimental__ would also only
make sense for features that *will* be present in future but might be in
a different form. That way, there's no strong discouragement from
writing any program using that feature, but rather a strong warning that
is might (and even should) change in a next release.
It is true that not a lot features would fall in that category and I'm
not advocating that decorators is.
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