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Python 2.7 Countdown: a year from now it is unsupported

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01

Besides wishing you a happy new year, also a reminder: [WayBack] Python 2.7 Countdown Python 2.7 will retire on januari 1, 2020. Learn more and see the countdown here.

This is indeed a breaking change for Python users, similar as from Perl 4 to Perl 5, and PHP 4 to PHP 5.

It shows two things:

  • how extremely hard it is to evolve a language without breaking things
  • how long it takes for the community at large to digest breaking changes

And indeed porting of complex systems is hard [WayBack] WIP: Port calibre to python 3 by flaviut · Pull Request #870 · kovidgoyal/calibre · GitHub but doable [WayBack] Bug #1714107 “Python 2 is retiring” : Bugs : calibre.

Via: [WayBack1/WayBack2] Python 3 improves in some ways over Python 2, but also makes a bunch of changes that are breaking, but cosmetic (i.e. renaming methods and functions, or… – Kristian Köhntopp – Google+ (with some interesting comments, but also a rant-sequence of someone who would better use that energy to improve Python than to bash it).

–jeroen

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