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Snakes on a wane: Python 2 development is finally frozen in time, version 3 slithers on

Elledan Bronze badge

It's hard to see this split between Python 2 and 3 as anything other than a boneheaded decision. What other language does such a thing, other than maybe Java with JVM-specific features so that people are still using JVM 5 and bleedin' 6 in 2020?

As a primarily C++ developer (with Ada inclinations), it hurts my head to think of the disaster it'd be if for example the C++11 standard or Ada 2012 standard had broken compatibility with existing code in some fashion. Entire codebases split into 'old' and 'new', managers suffering aneurysms from having to budget in unexpected 'porting' costs for codebases that are 1M LoC and date back to some Pascal code that ran on a System/370 mainframe back in the 1980s.

Might one take this as a sign that Python isn't quite the enterprise-ready language it's often made out to be? At least the kind of enterprises where 20-30 year lifespans of code with guaranteed maintenance and feature updates are hammered into service contracts that the Devil Himself would get nervous from.

Pissing off a horde of OSS coders probably doesn't have quite the same impact, I guess.

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