myths about python 3

Mensanator mensanator at aol.com
Wed Jan 27 23:24:38 CET 2010


On Jan 27, 2:56 pm, John Nagle <na... at animats.com> wrote:
> 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.

So? I use Mac OSX 10.6, not Linux. And that comes with 2.6.
Nothing stopped me from adding 3.1.

>
> 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.

So? I only use CPython.

>
> 3.  Python 3 is supported by most 3rd party Python packages.
>
>         FALSE - it's not supported by MySQLdb, OpenSSL, feedparser, etc.

So? The only 3rd party module I use is gmpy, and that's been updated
to 3.x.

>
> 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.

Maybe in *your* world. I'm perfectly happy in my world using 3.1.

>
>                                 John Nagle




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