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Re: The looming Python 3(000) monster

Jesse Keating wrote:
On Mon, 2008-12-08 at 12:35 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:

I just don't get why any sane person, especially anyone familiar with computer languages, would ever want to give something that is not the same the same name. Does anyone know how the developer(s) manage this themselves? I have to think they are keeping multiple concurrent versions installed (and that that is the only reasonable approach).

I'm pretty certain that if you look at any language, they've all faced
similar scenarios, major version upgrades that may in fact not be
forward no backward compatible.  People have dealt with it and moved on.
No language is perfect.

But where the change was anything more than a bugfix they dealt with it by permitting the old/new languages to run in parallel until everyone had time to make the necessary changes. And in the old days of static compiled binaries and versioned libraries it didn't make such a big difference since you could keep running your old versions even if the current compiler couldn't build them. That doesn't work with interpreted languages and massive plugin usage - everything has to be versioned together or kept in separate namespaces.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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