[Python-ideas] Proposal: Moratorium on Python language changes
debatem1 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 05:45:13 CEST 2009
On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 11:38 PM, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 8:04 PM, geremy condra <debatem1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The trick is figuring out in advance which is the 300 and which is the
>> 1 or 2. My suggestion is that we allow them to effectively self-select;
>> that we allow those who are skilled enough and patient enough- and
>> who happen to have ideas of unusual merit- to prove that to the
>> Python community. If the results are great, great! Two years down the
>> line Python has a great new feature. If not, oh well- it's not like you
>> are under any obligation to merge it. And there's probably merit in
>> keeping the really wretched ones around too, if only to say "no way,
>> tried it, had to kill it with fire". Either way, Python wins.
> I hope so.
> But no feature is an island. They must work together. Two or three
> features that are each individually well thought-out and implemented
> in separate branches might still be a disaster when combined.
> Also, ten new features, even if they all fit together, may just be too
> much new stuff for the user community to digest at once.
> --Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
Exactly- with a sandbox in place, the community could look at
real code and evaluate features not just as abstract ideas, but
as real working implementations- a first chance to see how
well they might work in practice, how much code they break,
and how well those changes work together, or, as you point
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