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Python is dead. Long live Python! – Naked Security


Python is dead. Long live Python!

Python 2 has been one of the world’s most popular programming languages since 2000, but its death – strictly speaking, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day 2020 – been widely announced on technology news sites around the world.

But Python isn’t dead, because Python 3 has been around since the late 2000s.

So there will be no “interregnum” period during which Python doesn’t exist – just as in a hereditary monarchy, succession is considered technically instantaneous, ensuring an unbroken line.

If you’re programmer or a sysadmin (and, in truth, a sysadmin is just a special sort of programmer who is expected to use their skills to code people out of the holes that others have coded them into), then you have almost certainly used Python at some point.

And if you’ve never programmed in Python yourself, you’ve almost certainly used software written in Python, or relied on online services that were supported by software written in the Python language.

So, given that Python 2 has been replaced by Python 3 without any interruption, and given that nothing bad happened when Python 1 switched over to Python 2 around the turn of the millennium, why is the “death” of Python 2 such a big deal now?

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