[stdlib-sig] futures - a new package for asynchronous execution

Brian Quinlan brian at sweetapp.com
Sat Nov 7 02:42:37 CET 2009

On Nov 7, 2009, at 10:00 AM, Benjamin Peterson wrote:

> 2009/11/6 Brian Quinlan <brian at sweetapp.com>:
>> Hey all,
>> I'd like to propose adding a module/package to Python that makes it  
>> easy to
>> parallelize arbitrary function calls.
> Your package is less than a year old. It's at version 0.1. We do not
> normally accept packages into the stdlib until they are considered
> mature and best of breed in the community. And then only if we feel a
> need for its functionality in the stdlib.

Hey Benjamin,

You were probably looking at an old version - the latest official  
release is 1.0. But that is, of course, totally arbitrary :-)

I think that building a community around this package would be fairly  
hard because it is fairly easy to replicate its functionality to solve  
particular problems.

I don't think that should be a barrier for inclusion of new utility  
modules though. Consider urlparse, StringIO, etc. They are very useful  
but I doubt that they would have had much usage if they had been  
released as third-party modules - everyone would have simply coded the  
sub-set of the functionality that they needed to address the problem  
at hand.


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