Language change and code breaks (fwd)
JamesL at Lugoj.Com
Fri Jul 20 04:12:11 CEST 2001
Peter Hansen wrote:
> 1. They are inactive in the Python community and are
> therefore unaware of the upcoming code breakage.
> 2. Their code is dependent on the existing integer
> division behaviour, and yet they are not amongst
> the classes of users identified in this newsgroup
> as being the most likely to be impacted.
> 3. They are incapable of maintaining their code,
> and simultaneously are entirely at the mercy of
> outside forces who may choose to upgrade them
> against their will or without their knowledge to
> the new and incompatible version of Python.
> Or, they are not at the mercy of outside forces,
> yet mysteriously cannot *avoid* upgrading their
> Python installations and thus breaking their
> own code (which they somehow cannot maintain).
> 4. Were we to develop and make easily available to
> them a scanner capable at least of identifying
> the probability they will suffer code breakage,
> they would be unable to use it, whether for
> (1) or (3).
> Have I missed anything?
I'm sure you could think of many more insults if you just tried harder. Just
how many years have you been in commercial software development anyway?
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