A use for integer quotients

Robin Becker robin at jessikat.fsnet.co.uk
Mon Jul 23 10:52:46 EDT 2001

In article <230720010741551768%jwbaxter at spamcop.com>, John W. Baxter
<jwbaxter at spamcop.com> writes
>In article <cpzo9veuml.fsf at cj20424-a.reston1.va.home.com>, Guido van
>Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:
>> Of course, I'm well aware of the issues around maintaining old code.
>> We will have to carry around "from __future__ import division" for a
>> loooooong time.  Python 2.2 is the first opportunity to introduce it,
>> so let's not be shy.
>This is encouraging and discouraging:
>Encouraging in that it suggests strongly that 2.3 isn't the target;
>discouraging in that it gives running code even longer to sit in the
>basement with people who know it moving on before it breaks.
>It's also discouraging because it means the change does seem to be on
>the way, with argument useless.
>  --John
the arguments presented by the leadership are

1) dumb down the language
2) it's ok because we have a discussion mechanism
3) the decision has already been made
4) we'll do extra work to make you do extra work

not good
Robin Becker

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