[Python-Dev] Adventures with x64, VS7 and VS8 on Windows

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Tue May 29 00:13:03 CEST 2007

> Development tools used on windows already have to cope with this.
> Spaces are not going away, so why not bite the bullet and deal
> with them?  Moving forward sometimes means crossing rivers.

But in a safe path, step by step. People continue to report problems
with spaces in file names, even though many of them have been solved

> As for Vista issues, I'll gather more data before making any more
> claims, but I think that it is important that we play by the rules
> here.

I completely disagree. It is important that it "works", not that
we play by the rules.

> Just imagine the a school teacher who in good faith wants to introduce
> his pupils to the wonderful programming language of Python, but
> when he installs it, all kinds of scary looking warnings drive him off.
> Vista is, like it or not, going to be very prevalent.  If we want python
> to be easily accessible to the masses, we mustn't take an elitist
> attitude or else risk scaring people off.

I'm completely in favor of fixing actual bugs. However, I'm not aware
of any (related to Vista). That it is not logo compliant is *not*
a bug. Python hasn't been logo compliant for more than a decade
now (the "install to Program Files" is not a new requirement, but
existed since Win95).


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