Backwards Compatibility of Python versions
jason at jorendorff.com
Mon Feb 4 21:39:03 EST 2002
Paul Rubin writes:
> I see publishing Python programs as like publishing web pages. If I
> have to tell 2% of my users to upgrade those ridiculous old browsers
> to view my pages, I don't mind. If I have to tell 25% of them to
> upgrade, I'm causing hassles for a significant population and I
> shouldn't do that without a good reason. If I have to tell 80% of
> them to upgrade, I'm probably going to lose a lot of them.
My rule of thumb is: if you tell X% of them to upgrade,
you'll lose about X% of them.
This applies to Python, too. If you tell users "you need to
install Python", you lose the vast majority of potential users
before you even start talking about versions.
## Jason Orendorff http://www.jorendorff.com/
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