Python 3 is killing Python

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Wed Jul 16 09:33:03 CEST 2014

On Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:20:37 +1000, Chris Angelico wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM, Steven D'Aprano
> <steve+comp.lang.python at> wrote:
>> Perhaps the *stupidest* thing the author of the "Python 3 is killing
>> Python" blog post wrote was that it's easier to port Python code to a
>> *completely different language*. I cannot fathom the idiocy of somebody
>> who bitches and moans that having to re-write or redesign, oh, let's
>> conservatively say 5% of your Python 2 code is harder than writing your
>> code *completely from scratch* in a completely different language, with
>> completely different third party libraries.
> There's only one way that it's easier to port to a completely new
> language. Pick another language where string handling is as naive as my
> last boss

But even then, you still have to re-write all your code in the new 
language. Using different libraries. All your unit tests are obsolete 
(although your integration tests may not be). End-user documentation will 
probably be re-usable, but documentation aimed at your developers will 
need to be re-written.


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