[Python-Dev] Smoothing the transition from Python 2 to 3
ncoghlan at gmail.com
Thu Jun 9 17:55:13 EDT 2016
On 8 June 2016 at 14:01, Neil Schemenauer <neil at python.ca> wrote:
> [I've posted something about this on python-ideas but since I now
> have some basic working code, I think it is more than an idea.]
> I think the uptake of Python 3 is starting to accelerate. That's
> good. However, there are still millions or maybe billions of lines
> of Python code that still needs to be ported. It is beneficial to
> the Python ecosystem if this code can get ported.
> My idea is to make a stepping stone version of Python, between 2.7.x
> and 3.x that eases the porting job. The high level goals are:
> - code coming out of 2to3 runs correctly on this modified Python
> - code that runs without warnings on this modified Python will run
> correctly on Python 3.x.
As Victor noted, and as the porting guide describes in
determined that 2to3 isn't the best choice of tool for folks that
can't afford to immediately drop Python 2 support.
Once you switch to those now recommended more conservative migration
tools, the tool suite you request already exists:
- update your code with modernize or futurize
- check it still runs on Python 2.7
- check it doesn't generate warnings under 2.7's "-3" switch
- check it passes "pylint --py3k"
- check if it runs on Python 3.5
Nick Coghlan | ncoghlan at gmail.com | Brisbane, Australia
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