[Python-Dev] Pydoc Replacement for Python's help()?

Cyd Haselton chaselton at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 17:04:45 CET 2015

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 9:07 AM, Skip Montanaro
<skip.montanaro at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 6:46 AM, Cyd Haselton <chaselton at gmail.com> wrote:
>> A quick FYI: The decision to build 2.7.8 (instead of 3.x) on Android
>> was made after reading this article:
>> https://wiki.python.org/moin/Python2orPython3
> What in that document convinced you to port to Python 2 instead of
> Python 3?

Among other things, the points immediately following this part:

However, there are some key issues that may require you to use Python
2 rather than Python 3.

 That page is intended for people deciding which version of
> the language to use for their work. I would think as someone trying to
> port to a new platform your criteria would be different. Also, note
> that the above page was last updated in April 2014. Look at the info
> for that page:
>     https://wiki.python.org/moin/Python2orPython3?action=info
> and you'll see there was probably nothing of substance added to that
> page in over a year.
Something to keep in mind is that i'm using an Android tablet for
building and troubleshooting errors...which means webpages have
different layouts.  The change date for the wiki page I referenced is
waaaay down at the bottom, in extra small, faint type.

I wasn't aware the info was for those using Python.

> Right at the very top of that page, I read:
>     Short version: Python 2.x is legacy, Python 3.x is the present and
> future of the language
> I would think that would be enough to convince you to use Python 3.x
> as your starting point.

It was, initially, until I read (most of) the rest of the article

I say this as someone who, in his day-to-day
> work uses Python 2.7 exclusively, doesn't expect his employer to ever
> convert to Python 3, and has never done much more with Python 3 than
> build it. With all that, if I was going to attempt a port of Python to
> a new platform, I would still choose to port Python 3.
> Skip

Noted. Will proceed with the 3.x releass.

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