On 5/28/2014 3:23 PM, Larry Martell wrote:
Somthing I came across in my travels through the ether:


Claim: "Python 3 languishes in disuse."

Fact: in 2013, there were around 14 million downloads of windows installers for each of 2.7.x and 3.3.x. 3.3 is over twice as popular as 3.2 (to be expected).
In a year, we will see about 3.4.

Regardless of comparisons with 2.7, 3.3 is a success in absolute numbers.

Claim: Another great strength of Python 2 was that programs written in it would almost always run on the next version of Python without much alteration.

True. Changes and removals of deprecated features (like old style classes) were put off until 3.0 (at the request of some of the noiser users). Some improvements were relegated to future imports. By 2.7, the load of accumulated 'technological debt' was as much as the developers wanted to deal with, over and over.

Terry Jan Reedy


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