[Python-Dev] RELEASED Python 3.0 final

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Thu Dec 4 20:41:31 CET 2008


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On Dec 4, 2008, at 2:12 PM, Raymond Hettinger wrote:

> From: "A.M. Kuchling" <amk at amk.ca>
>> I think we should also have a statement upon on python.org about
>> future plans: e.g.
>> * that there will be a Python 2.7 that will incorporate what we  
>> learn from
>> people trying to port,
>> * that 3.1 will rearrange the standard library in mostly-known  
>> ways, and * that we expect people to use 3.0 mostly for  
>> compatibility testing,  not going into serious production use until  
>> 3.1 or maybe even 3.2.
>
> The latter statement worries me.  It seems to unnecessarily undermine
> adoption of 3.0.  It essentially says, "don't use this".  Is that  
> what we want?
> ISTM, 3.0 is in pretty good shape.  There is nothing intrinsically  
> wrong
> with it.  The number one adoption issue is external, i.e. how quickly
> key third-party modules get converted.

I agree.  I tried to put a positive spin on the announcement, and the  
backward compatibility issue in particular.  I probably failed.

- -Barry

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