[Python-Dev] rationale for the no-new-features approach

Guido van Rossum gvanrossum at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 17:01:09 CET 2005

On Wed, 09 Mar 2005 10:38:12 -0500, Jim Fulton <jim at zope.com> wrote:
> +1 (wish * could say +sys.maxint).

Anthony gets my +1 too, which then adds up to sys.maxint. :-)

> To emphasize:
> - We want people to update to bug fix releases quickly. For people
>    to do that, they need to know the risk of breakage is low.  Reducing the
>    scope of the release is important for that.
> - Python has gotten much better at this than it used to be.  I remember the
>    days when major features in 3rd-dot releases caused major headaches for us.

For those who only remember bool(), Python 1.5.2 was probably the
worst offender here (it had nothing to do with 1.5.1). Mea culpa

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

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