Python 3 is killing Python

MRAB python at
Tue Jul 15 00:47:14 CEST 2014

On 2014-07-14 23:12, Rick Johnson wrote:
> On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 3:15:45 PM UTC-5, Chris Angelico wrote:
>> On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 5:58 AM, Larry Martell wrote:
>>> No company that I work for is using python 3 - they just have too
>>> much of an investment in a python 2 code base to switch. I'm just
>>> saying.
>> And that's not a problem. Every whinging blog author seems to
>> forget [...] Or maybe the complaint is that there are fancy new
>> features in Python 3.x that aren't in 2.7? Oh wait, that directly
>> contradicts the whine. So if Python 3 has added nothing, what's the
>> rush to move onto it?
> What's wrong with people wanting new features WITHOUT suffering
> through the headaches of porting code? I think your missing the point
> Chris.
> You and i both know that most of the features could be added without
> breaking Python, but the choice was made to break Python anyway, and
> that would have been fine IF the powers that be would have REALLY
> made Python better, but they only "slightly" improved the language!
> Look, along the course of ANY learning curve, a designer, or an
> artist, or an engineer, is going to realize he made some catastrophic
> mistakes -- okay, no problem, we are ALL but human after all, even
> the "Anointed One" is not beyond mistakes, HOWEVER, the choice to
> fracture a community over "minor improvements" was a poor choice and
> i think some "owning up" is in order!
> Also, this "idea" of yours that people should just shut up and do
> what the "regime" commands, is just utter nonsense. Python is a
> public offering, and as such is equally subject to both praise and
> ridicule.
> If the "powers that be" cannot handle the heat, then they should
> withdraw Python from the public and then they can decree any
> ridiculous fascist rules they please, until then, what's that old
> adage about "reaping" and "sewing"...?
Why it should "they" withdraw it (whatever that means)?

"They" are entitled to keep it public if they want to.

Those who aren't interested are not obliged to take any notice of it,
and any group or individual who wants to develop Python 2 further can
just fork Python 2.7 and continue from there.

> QUESTION: "What's worse than fracturing a community?"
> ANSWER: "Creating a leadership vacuum."
> --And nature *abhors* a vacuum!
> Besides, "opposing and competing forces" are a fundamental part of
> evolution (psst: do you remember that little thing called "evolution"
> Chris?) and so we must NEVER forget the absolute necessity of
> dissent! Just think of what our world would be like if every idea was
> NOT placed under the microscope for scrutiny.
Evolution is also about competition, and there's nothing stopping
someone creating a fork of Python 2 to compete with Python 3.

BTW, that's "SHUDDER", not "SHUTTER".

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