[Python-ideas] Proposal: Moratorium on Python language changes

Georg Brandl g.brandl at gmx.net
Wed Oct 21 20:24:07 CEST 2009

Guido van Rossum schrieb:
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 10:43 AM, Jesse Noller <jnoller at gmail.com> wrote:
>> +1; modulo getting PEP 380 in before the moratorium ;)
> I see the smiley, but just in case you were half serious, I really
> think we should stick to the policy and not make exceptions for
> personal pet peeves.

Well, the moratorium isn't yet in place (which I also gather from you
posting that on the ideas list), so would be nothing wrong implementing
something before it starts... :)

Anyway, I'm not sure how much impact this will have; already there are
very few real language changes going on; after 2.6, whose such changes
mostly were Python 3 backports.  In 2.7, the multi-with syntax is the
only real language change so far.

(When you say "builtins", do you e.g. include the str.format() mini-language?
There has been a lot of work on that lately, to fix ambiguous corner-cases.)

I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but while it might stop a few threads on
python-dev, it won't change a lot in terms of how core development
time is spent.


Thus spake the Lord: Thou shalt indent with four spaces. No more, no less.
Four shall be the number of spaces thou shalt indent, and the number of thy
indenting shall be four. Eight shalt thou not indent, nor either indent thou
two, excepting that thou then proceed to four. Tabs are right out.

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