Selling Linux to Windows Users
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Thu Dec 11 20:26:24 UTC 2008
Dotan Cohen wrote:
> 2008/12/11 Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca>:
>> That's a rather special case, as Python may well be the only computer
>> language ever written which _explicitly_ states that new versions
>> will not be backward compatible.
That's really not the same thing. From Day 1, Python versions were
never intended to be backwards compatible. Perl has finally decided that
they need a major update that won't be - but they still haven't
philosophically decided that that is the future of the language, and it
took them 6 major versions to reach this point.
Python doesn't even promise compatibility between _minor_ versions.
What Python has demonstrated very well is that version-compatibility
isn't nearly as important as people always thought.
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