Blog "about python 3"

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Tue Dec 31 16:55:40 CET 2013

On 31/12/2013 15:41, Roy Smith wrote:
> In article <mailman.4753.1388499265.18130.python-list at>,
>   Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at> wrote:
>> Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python <at>> writes:
>>> I expect that as excuses for not migrating get fewer, and the deadline for
>>> Python 2.7 end-of-life starts to loom closer, more and more haters^W
>>> Concerned People will whine about the lack of version 2.8 and ask for
>>> *somebody else* to fork Python.
>>> I find it, hmmm, interesting, that so many of these Concerned People who say
>>> that they're worried about splitting the Python community[1] end up
>>> suggesting that we *split the community* into those who have moved forward
>>> to Python 3 and those who won't.
>> Indeed. This would be extremely destructive (not to mention alienating the
>> people doing *actual* maintenance and enhancements on Python-and-its-stdlib,
>> of which at least 95% are committed to the original plan for 3.x to slowly
>> supercede 2.x).
>> Regards
>> Antoine.
> I'm using 2.7 in production.  I realize that at some point we'll need to
> upgrade to 3.x.  We'll keep putting that off as long as the "effort +
> dependencies + risk" metric exceeds the "perceived added value" metric.

Do you use any of the features that were backported from 3.x to 2.7, or 
could you have stayed with 2.6 or an even older version?

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask 
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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