PEP0238 lament

Paul Prescod paulp at
Tue Jul 24 18:18:30 EDT 2001

Roy Smith wrote:
> The thing that scares me most about this idea is that it breaks existing
> code.  And, the idea that there will be conversion tools, and auto-warnings
> generated, don't impress me.  You still need to touch all the old code.
> What about code that you've shipped to customers already?  Are we going to
> demand that they not upgrade their python installation, or that they
> maintain a new version for their own work and an old version to keep our
> stuff going?

Languages that choose not to ever break backwards compatibility end up
becoming very ugly because of the accumulation of warts. C++ anyone?
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