[python-uk] python-uk Digest, Vol 69, Issue 1

Andy Robinson andy at reportlab.com
Fri May 8 10:05:57 CEST 2009

2009/5/7 Shaun Laughey <shaun.laughey at googlemail.com>:
> Hi Andy didn't you start a while ago?

We've dabbled and done a private port of the open source
toolkit using 2-to-3, which sort of works except that PIL
is not yet available for 3.0 and that's a major issue for
many users.   We also build a ton of solutions on
Django.  So we're kind of waiting for those two to get

Also we can't sanely do what Guido wants and
release/maintain a library with the same APIs
across 2.3,24,2.5,2.6,2.7,3.0,3.1 etc.  I just don't see
any "ROI".

I'm much more interested in doing a backwards-incompatible
"reportlab3" where we clear out our own decade of clutter
and make proper use of the distinction between text and
bytes; we have a clear design in our heads for this.  But
Guido didn't want people doing that a year ago.

> Your codebase would become smaller and easier to maintain.

The 3.x codebase, yes.  But the total codebase would only
shrink if all the users of all the solutions we have built on 2.x
dropped dead, and we'll get the usual stream of new requirements
for the old libraries indefinitely....  but that's the price of having
a software business rather than a free-time project.

- Andy

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