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

geremy condra debatem1 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 06:15:50 CEST 2009

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 11:50 PM, Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 8:45 PM, geremy condra <debatem1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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
>> out, don't.
> You keep stressing the opportunities for new features, but I want to
> crush that hope -- new features should be rare, and should become
> rarer as the user community grows. The time to experiment was
> approximately 10 years ago. Go invent a new language (and hope for it
> to become popular :-) if you want to experiment.
> --
> --Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

Let me add an addendum to my previous comment, because
as I reread this it just strikes me as sounding so ominous.
Is it really your intent that Python's development slow to the
same crawl as Fortran or C? Put another way, is it your intent
to eventually raise the moratorium?

Geremy Condra

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