Language change and code breaks (fwd)

James Logajan JamesL at Lugoj.Com
Thu Jul 19 22:12:11 EDT 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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