Python 3

geremy condra debatem1 at
Thu Nov 5 23:42:42 CET 2009

On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 5:31 PM, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at> wrote:
> Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> I've played around with 3.0, and I've read the What's New for 3.1 (and am
>> installing 3.1 now), and while the changes look nice, I'm not sure that
>> they're nice enough to deal with the pain of 2to3 migration.
> I am in a different position since I did not have current code that would
> need migrating.
>> So how about that, 3.1 fans? What are the most compelling reasons for you
>> that convinced you to change?
> I am writing a book on algorithms that uses a subset of 3.1 as the algorithm
> language. It it simply cleaner and easier to explain to people not already
> familiar with the quirks of 2.x. One small but important-to-me example. I do
> not need to put 'from __future__ import integerdivision' (or whatever the
> incantation is) as the top of files. Hence I do not need to waste energy
> (mime and readers) explaining furture imports and the specifics of the old
> versus new meaning of int/int.

I agree. Most of my code is primarily mathematical, and while I personally
see the move away from functional programming techniques as a minor
misstep, the cleanliness of it all more than makes up for that.

Geremy Condra

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