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Let’s talk about Python 3.0

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I really like Python. It’s my language of choice for new projects, my language of choice for hacking up quick things to play with and the language I get to work with every day at my job. Python fits my brain in ways that no other programming language ever has, and I agree with pretty much all of the basic design philosophy behind it. And by and large, writing (and reading — something just as important, which too many other languages have neglected) Python is one of the more pleasant ways to code for a living.

But.

For as long as I’ve been using Python there have been little moments of pain. None of them in isolation is enough to make Python itself painful, but taken together and occasionally stumbled over, they definitely have an impact on the experience. There’s a passage in Good Omens that does a great job of approximating the effect this sort of thing has on a programmer, when compounded over a period of years. Some demons are meeting and discussing the evil things they’ve done — tempting a priest, corrupting a politician, etc. — and one of them proudly declares that he tied up a phone system for most of an hour:

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