Guido van Rossum
guido at python.org
Fri Jun 29 14:32:26 CEST 2001
Andrew Kuchling <akuchlin at mems-exchange.org> writes:
> No it isn't. Adding language features does not improve the confusing
> and incomplete MIME modules currently in the standard library.
Barry Warsaw is working on mimelib (http://mimelib.sourceforge.net/)
and I expect that this will be added to the 2.2 CVS tree soon!
> It does not remove the outdated demo programs from the distribution.
Maybe, in the light of the successful PEP 260, someone should write a
PEP about removing deadwood from the demos? I'm all for it! (Also
more ancient library modules can be deprecated, like all the irix5
cruft. Again, I need help here!
> It does not add more documentation.
I don't think that's an area where Python is currently particularly
lacking. Fred has done a great job. (BTW, when are you going to add
all the new Python books to the Python bookstore? :-)
> It does not bring us any closer to having a module catalog. It does
> not increase Python's visibility outside of the Python community.
We're working on that. I hope that the Python events at the O'Reilly
conference next month and LinuxWorld in August will reach a lot of
> My point is that users are not currently saying "Gosh, Python
> doesn't have generators, so I won't use it." They're saying "Wow,
> there's a lot of useful libraries for Java; I'd better use it to be
> able to use them."
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)
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