myths about python 3
nagle at animats.com
Wed Jan 27 21:56:10 CET 2010
Daniel Fetchinson wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I was going to write this post for a while because all sorts of myths
> periodically come up on this list about python 3. I don't think the
> posters mean to spread false information on purpose, they simply are
> not aware of the facts.
> My list is surely incomplete, please feel free to post your favorite
> misconception about python 3 that people periodically state, claim or
> ask about.
Myths about Python 3:
1. Python 3 is supported by major Linux distributions.
FALSE - most distros are shipping with Python 2.4, or 2.5 at best.
2. Python 3 is supported by multiple Python implementations.
FALSE - Only CPython supports 3.x. Iron Python, Unladen Swallow,
PyPy, and Jython have all stayed with 2.x versions of Python.
3. Python 3 is supported by most 3rd party Python packages.
FALSE - it's not supported by MySQLdb, OpenSSL, feedparser, etc.
Arguably, Python 3 has been rejected by the market. Instead, there's
now Python 2.6, Python 2.7, and Python 2.8. Python 3 has turned into
a debacle like Perl 6, now 10 years old.
That's the reality, Python 3 fanboys.
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