Dijkstra on Python

James J. Besemer jb at cascade-sys.com
Thu Aug 15 14:37:26 CEST 2002


Michael Hudson wrote:

> You do of course know that no bug-fix version of Python will remove a
> feature, don't you?

How about the case where a non-upwards-compatible,
non-bug-fix release N is followed by a release N+1 that
fixes a bug which happened to be present in release N-1?

This would again leave the maintenance team using release
N-1 stuck between a rock and a hard spot -- without anyone
having violated the above rule.

The only reasonable policy is to never break old code
unless absolutely forced to.

Regards

--jb

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