[Python-Dev] readd u'' literal support in 3.3?

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Thu Dec 8 22:41:09 CET 2011

On 12/8/11 9:27 PM, "Martin v. Löwis" wrote:

[Glyph writes:]
>> Much of it is being in FORTRAN 77
> Can you prove this? I trust that existing code is being maintained
> in FORTRAN 77. For new code, I'm skeptical.

Personally, I've written more new code in FORTRAN 77 than in Fortran 90+. Even 
with all of the quirks in FORTRAN 77 compilers, it's still substantially easier 
to connect FORTRAN 77 code to C and Python than 90+. When they introduced some 
of the nicer language features, they left the precise details of memory 
structures of the new types undefined, so compilers chose different ways to 
implement them. Some of the very latest developments in modern Fortran have 
begun to standardize the FFI for these features (or at least let you write a 
standardized shim for them) and compilers are catching up.

For people writing new whole programs in Fortran, yes, they are probably mostly 
using 90+.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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