Cult-like behaviour [was Re: Kindness]

Marko Rauhamaa marko at
Sat Jul 14 15:54:52 EDT 2018

Chris Angelico <rosuav at>:

> On Sun, Jul 15, 2018 at 4:44 AM, Marko Rauhamaa <marko at> wrote:
>> Having gone through a recent 2to3 effort that left my conscience
>> stained, I can only lament for the lost paradise which was Python
>> 2.7. There *was* one real gain: MemoryBIO, but that's not enough to
>> bring a smile to my face.
> Spoken like a true eight-bit-stringer

True enough. Modern-day protocols as well as Linux file formats and
commands intentionally blur the line between strings and bytes. The
software in question deals with all of the above. It is virtually
impossible to keep track of what is "really" text and what is "really"
binary. In the end, the Gordian Knot was sliced by using Python3's
strings for everything and restricting oneself to Latin-1 codepoints
(almost) everywhere.

> (kinda like a flat-earther only a lot more wrong).

Ah, that's called "shunning," isn't it?


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