jython's future

Łukasz Langa lukasz.langa at gmail.com
Mon Nov 13 19:36:25 CET 2006

Steve Holden:
> I think you will find that most of Fredrik Lundh's stuff will work on 
> 1.5.2. He sets a fine example to us all.

1.5.2? Come on, it's 7 years old. Back then PHP was still at 3.0, Java 
was at 1.2 (and compiling Hello World took over 5 minutes), Google was 
nothing more than a search engine (still Beta at the time!).

What do we have all these cool new language features for if it's 
considered bad behaviour to actually use them?

OK, I see the point in being compatible with Python 2.1 (well, maybe 2.2 
with new-style classes and __descriptors__), just like it's still useful 
to be Java 1.4 compatible and PHP 4 compatible.

But Python 1.5.2? From the official site: "*Do yourself a favor* and get 
a more recent version!" ;-) It doesn't even have string methods. Today 
Python 1.5.2 is being implemented on one-chip GSM modules ( 
http://www.telit.co.it/product.asp?productId=96 ). And yes, it actually 
works quite well there :-)

Łukasz Langa

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