[Python-Dev] 2.7 is here until 2020, please don't call it a waste.
larry at hastings.org
Sun May 31 01:20:48 CEST 2015
On 05/30/2015 07:26 AM, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> Porting performance features from python 3 to python 2 has the
> disadvantage of cutting into a compelling business case for users to
> move forward to python 3. so doing this has a cost to python 3
> adoption. But, the question is whether there is a benefit that
> outweighs that cost. [...]
Backporting performance enhancements from 3 to 2 does seem to be
counterproductive from the perspective of the Core Dev community. But
certainly in this case, when Intel drops a major bundle of working code
in our collective lap, it absolutely feels like the right thing to me to
check it in and support it. And happily the Python Core Dev community
generally does the right thing.
Consider the flip side--what if we'd refused to accept it? What sort of
signal would that be to the Python community? I don't know, but I'd
guess that people would harbor ill will and distrust. I'd rather the
community liked and trusted us; that makes it more likely they'll listen
when we say "honest, Python 3 is better than 2--c'mon over!"
p.s. Supporting this patch also helps cut into PyPy's reported
performance lead--that is, if they ever upgrade speed.pypy.org from
comparing against Python *2.7.2*.
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