will python 3000 break my code?

Gerrit Holl gerrit at nl.linux.org
Wed Mar 1 10:17:11 CET 2000

<quote name="Fredrik Lundh" date="951897778" email="effbot at telia.com">
> Gerrit Holl <gerrit at nl.linux.org> wrote:
> >     1) l.append changes in Python 1.6, not in P3K,
> >     2) it's such a small change; it will be able to be done automatically,
> nope.  the only way to fix this automatically is to patch the
> python interpreter to support the old behaviour.

I think the Python interpreter can be patched to give warnings, like
it does when exceptions are raised in __del__ or when you use the
-t flag.

> "checkappend" can only spot obvious cases.  to make sure your
> program works fine, careful regression testing is the only thing
> that will help.


> >     3) it's considered Bad Style to use multi-argument append, IMHO.
> ahem.  does your HO really matter to all those who have
> to spend time and money changing their existing code base.

No, it doesn't. But IIRC, it's nowhere documented and it only
works because of the current implementation. 

> preliminary results indicate that *all* our applications and
> libraries (including PIL) are affected by this change.  given
> that, it's quite likely that a few other companies will also
> stumble upon this one...

I *think* it's also Guido's HO, otherwise I don't understand why
he changed the implementation.



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