A Breather for Python?

Oct 22, 2009

Python paterfamilias Guido van Rossum has proposed a multi-year moratorium on the scripting language: no more grammar or semantic changes.

The reasons for Guido van Rossum's action become clear. On the one hand, a lot of work still needs to go into bringing Python 3.0 to the level of previous versions and promoting its distribution. On the other hand, frequent Python changes require developers of alternative implementations (Jython, IronPython, PyPy and others) constantly to adapt without end-users getting much benefit from it.

In van Rossum's mail to the Python community he thus recommends a multi-year moratorium on language changes. However, to aid in Python 3.0 dissemination, work should still continue on the standard library.

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