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Re: Python 2 end-of-life?

From: Bengt Richter
Subject: Re: Python 2 end-of-life?
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2019 14:16:53 -0800
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Hi simon,

On +2019-11-29 15:12:49 +0100, zimoun wrote:
> Hi Bengt,
> On Fri, 29 Nov 2019 at 14:42, Bengt Richter <address@hidden> wrote:
> > > And what do we win? More reproducibility? More bootstrappability?
> >
> >'s_Old_Clothes
> >
> > The first quote in particular ;-)
> I agree with the quote. :-)
> But it does not answer to the question. Because your proposal appears
> to me more complicated than simple. ;-)

If you don't see that we win something by pursuing the goal of simplicity
that Tony Hoare describes:

    There are two ways of constructing a software design: One
    way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no
    deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated
    that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is
    far more difficult. It demands the same skill, devotion,
    insight, and even inspiration as the discovery of the simple
    physical laws which underlie the complex phenomena of

then perhaps you sensibly prefer to avoid having the "far more difficult"
goal making your life as a packager "more complicated than simple ;-)".

I'm afraid I am not so sensible, so I am drawn to challenges
that I mostly fail at. ( But mm, aha, yes!: the good moments! :)

Chacun à son goût -- or different strokes for different folks,
as the hippies used to say. Showing my age :)

> Well, my answer would be: python -c 'import this' ;-)
> [...]
> Now is better than never.
> Although never is often better than *right* now.
> If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
> If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
> --

Too many knobs is worse than no knobs, although according to Mae West,
"Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." ;-)

> All the best,
> simon

Bengt Richter

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