Python maintainers say good riddance to supporting programming language Python 2.7.
After 11 years of supporting programming language Python from the 2.7 branch, the Python Software Foundation has released the last ever update for it and is urging users to move on to Python 3 to continue receiving first-party support.
By: Liam Tung | ZDNet.
Python 2.7 support was meant to end in 2015 but was extended five years until 2020, six years after Python’s creator, Guido van Rossum, announced Python 3 and implored users to “move on to Python 3”.
January 1, 2020 also looked set to be the end of life for Python 2.7, but it was eventually decided that should happen in April 2020 with the just-released Python 2.7.18.
With the release of Python 2.7.18, CPython core developers say, “It’s time for the CPython community to say a fond but firm farewell to Python 2.”
“Over all those years, CPython’s core developers and contributors sedulously applied bug fixes to the 2.7 branch, no small task as the Python 2 and 3 branches diverged,” CPython core developer Benjamin Peterson wrote.
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