Why "from __future__" stinks; a counter-offer

Aahz Maruch aahz at panix.com
Tue Mar 20 00:48:55 CET 2001

In article <memo.20010319213204.8771C at digitig.compulink.co.uk>,
Tim Rowe <tim at digitig.cix.co.uk> wrote:
>But there's part of the problem; egoless PEP writing is as hard as
>egoless programming, and having come up with a solution the author
>of that solution is bound to have some emotional involvement in that
>solution.  There have been (rightly IMHO) howls of protest about
>__future__, but Tim has said it's ok for him, routinely dismisses all
>protests, presumably because he genuinely doesn't understand what our
>problem is, and he tells us it's going in anyway. Can you see why we're
>not all convinced that the PEP process is any help to us?

I think that of the various people to accuse of having an ego tied up in
something, the Timbot is one of the last that I would choose.  No, it's
more that Uncle Timmy is *lazy*.  Thus, to get his interest, you have to
appeal to his laziness.

So far, no other person has actually come up with a scheme that addreses
the problem at hand, as opposed to simply whining, suggesting minor and
worthless variations, or putting forth even *more* complicated solutions.
One of the nice things about this solution is that if it is decided to be
an ugly wart, it can be easily dropped for Python 2.2.
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