In the interests of social anthropology, I feel compelled to point Pythonistas at this fascinating discussion on the stdlib-sig on adding argparse to the Python stdlib. (Yeah, it's pretty much the only traffic that list got so far this month.)
Fascinating stuff. If there's a secret cabal out there masterminding Python development, they are clearly rather poorly organized ;)
Posted by Kevin Teague on 2009-09-12 at 02:09.
In a dark corner of bar in the outskirts of Paris, classical music is playing from the period of the French Revolution. The buxom waitress delivers a couple stout buxom beers. The python secret cabal sip their beers slowly, waiting until the waitress is out of earshot. Guido: "Are you sure you weren't followed?" Brett: "Absolutely. I wore the hunchback disguise again. It's brilliant, no one could recognize me." Guido: (folding his fingers together) "Excellent." Brett: "Alright, let's plunk argparse into the standard library." Guido: "Why?" Brett: "Those Perl folks have had a tough time of it lately, especially since we released Python 3 already. If we put argparse into the standard library, we'll have three ways of parsing command-line arguments. I'm hoping that Simon will finish of optfunc, and we can put that in there later too and bring the count up to four." Guido: (chuckling) "They'll accuse of TIMTOWTDI! That'll be good for a laugh. Let's do it, it'll give them something to talk about on reddit. At least we won't have to read endless arguments about US health care reform for one day ..." Brett: (firing up emacs) "Alright, let's get to work then. Time to make it look like there's a discussion taking place on stdlib-sig." Guido: "This is my favorite part. Nobody suspects our secret cabal since we just forge a bunch of phony discussions. The appearance of a choatic open source development community is the perfect disguise for our cold, calculating changes to the Python standard library." Brett: "Your Warsaw e-mail impersonations are spot on." Guido: "You do a good Foord impersonation." Brett: "I love how you do the all of the Cannon impersonations though, that's the best - you sound just like me!" (both let out a deep belly laugh, they raise their glasses to a toast, then all is quiet except the furious sound of typing)