[Python-Dev] 3.x as the official release

Jesse Noller jnoller at gmail.com
Wed Sep 15 16:50:18 CEST 2010

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 10:43 AM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:21:11 -0400
> Steve Holden <steve at holdenweb.com> wrote:
>> The question of when to declare 3.x the "official" release is
>> interesting. I am inclined to say "when there's at least one other
>> implementation at 3.2" - even if CPython is then at 3.3 or 3.4.
> I don't think that's a good criterion. 95% of Python users (my
> guesstimate) are on CPython, so whether or not alternative
> implementations are up-to-date isn't critically important.
> 3.1 had some warts left (*), but 3.2 should really be a high-quality
> release. Many bugs have been squashed, small improvements done
> (including additional features in the stdlib, or the new GIL), and
> unicode support has been polished again thanks to Martin's and Victor's
> efforts. Not only will it be as robust as any 2.x release (**), but it's
> also more pleasant to use, and there's upwards compatibility for many
> years to come.
> (*) some of them fixed in the 3.1 maintenance branch
> (**) with a couple of lacking areas such as the email module, I suppose
> Regards
> Antoine.


The one area I have concerns about is the state of WSGI and other
web-oriented modules. These issues have been brought up by Armin and
others, but given a lack of a clear path forward (bugs, peps, etc), I
don't think it's fair to use it as a measurement of overall quality.


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