myths about python 3
nobody at nowhere.com
Sat Jan 30 17:29:02 CET 2010
On Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:56:10 -0800, John Nagle wrote:
> Arguably, Python 3 has been rejected by the market.
Arguably, Python 3 has not yet been accepted by the market.
Part of it is down to a catch-22: applications won't use Python 3 if the
libraries on which they depend don't support it, and support for Python 3
by libraries will be influenced by the perceived demand.
OTOH, it's safe to assume that there will remain areas where Python 2 is
preferred. Primarily Unix scripting, where most data is byte strings with
the encoding either unknown or irrelevant. That alone will ensure that
Python 2 is alive and well even as Python 4 is released. Even if
python.org doesn't support Python 2, it's a safe bet that e.g. ActiveState
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