[Tutor] 2.5 vs 3k?

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Tue Jan 20 00:36:33 CET 2009

"W W" <srilyk at gmail.com> wrote

> So, I'm curious about this whole python 3k thing. Is python 
> migrating to 3k
> only? Will 2.x no longer be "officially" supported?

If you look at what happened with other major language changes
(Perl 4->5 for example) there is likely to be a lot of support
for 2.X Python for several years. This will likely be driven by 
there is an awful lot of code out there that won't be upgraded to 3 
a long time. But new features will likely start to only appear in 3.
And 2.X releases will be focused on bug fixes etc.

> If so/not, what are some of the arguments for migrating to 3k? What 
> makes it
> "better" than the python we all know and love?

There is a web page somewhere on the web site that gives a list
of the new features/improvements. None of them are totally compelling
for me but I am starting to look into it now.

Alan G
Author of the Learn to Program web site

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