[Numpy-discussion] Report from SciPy

Bruce Southey bsouthey@gmail....
Mon Aug 25 09:31:01 CDT 2008

Robert Kern wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 10:58, Bruce Southey <bsouthey@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I think this is a great idea but I am curious about what NumPy will be
>> doing with Python 3. The Python 3 final is scheduled for 1st October
>> release so is there a policy on handling the migration to Python 3 or
>> dual support of the 2 and 3 series?
> We're still evaluating the situation. Rahul Garg has spent some time
> yesterday at the sprint looking at it.
>   http://www.scipy.org/Python3k
> The situation is complicated for us because we have C code that uses
> some of the removed parts of the C API. The recommended approach
> (single 2.x source tree, and convert using 2to3 and manual patches for
> 3.x) isn't quite germane. If the necessary changes are small enough,
> then it is possible that manual patches or some #ifdefs will be
> sufficient. Given Rahul's initial findings (thank you, Rahul!), I
> think this will probably be feasible. If it is not, then we have a
> significant problem. If we have to have two different code bases, none
> of the alternatives are very appealing.
> We do want to support Python 3.0 as soon as possible, but we need more
> hands and eyes on the code. If Python 3.0 support is important to you,
> please take a look at Rahul's findings and think about how to address
> them.
> Thanks.

Thanks Rahul for that work as it is very interesting!

At present my concern for the Python 3k is only one of inevitability.


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