myths about python 3

Paul Rubin at nospam.invalid
Thu Jan 28 03:44:05 CET 2010

Steve Holden <steve at> writes:
> Kindly confine your debate to the facts and keep the snide remarks to
> yourself. Like it or not Python 3 is the future, and unladen swallow's
> recent announcement that they would target only Python 3 represented a
> ground-breaking advance for the language.

My take on things is that doing unladen swallow really "right" will
require yet more incompatible changes; i.e., the result will either
still leave quite a bit of performance on the table, or else it won't be
compatible with the current specification of Python 3 and they'll
presumably have to call it Python 4.  And if Python 4 is as good as I
believe it could possibly be, then it might get wide acceptance before
Python 3 really has all that much uptake.  If I have to accept
incompatibility anyway, and Python 4 gives huge improvements while
Python 3's improvements are tiny or moderate, why not skip over Python 3?

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