[Python-Dev] PEP 0404 and VS 2010

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Wed Nov 20 23:30:44 CET 2013

On Nov 20, 2013, at 09:52 PM, Christian Tismer wrote:

>Many customers are forced to stick with Python 2.X because of other products,
>but they require a Python 2.X version which can be compiled using Visual
>Studio 2010 or better.  This is considered an improvement and not a bug fix,
>where I disagree.

I'm not so sure about that.  Python 2.7 can still get patches to help extend
its useful life by allowing it to be built with newer compiler suites.  I
believe this has already been done for various Linux compilers.  I see no
non-technical reason why Python 2.7 can't be taught how to build with VS 2010
or newer.  Details are subject to RM approval, IMHO.

>I have created a very clean Python 2.7.6+ based CPython with the Stackless
>additions, that compiles with VS 2010, using the adapted project structure
>of Python 3.3.X, and I want to publish that on the Stackless website as the
>official "Stackless Python 2.8". If you consider Stackless as official ;-) .
>This compiler change is currently the only deviation from CPython 2.7,
>but we may support a few easy back-ports on customer demand. We don'd add
>any random stuff, of course.

I think you're just going to confuse everyone if you call it "Stackless Python
2.8" and it will do more harm than good.


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