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Excellent sci-fi novel featuring Python

I'm about halfway through Charles Stross' excellent new novel,
"Halting State". It's set in Edinburgh in the year 2018, and one of
the main characters is a game programmer whose primary language is
something called "Python 3000".

The cover features blurbs from William Gibson, Vernor Vinge, John
Carnack, and Bruce Scheier.

What, they couldn't pop for an advance copy for Guido?

-- Wade Leftwich
Ithaca, NY

Nov 17 '07 #1
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On Nov 17, 10:37 am, Wade Leftwich <wleftw...@gmail.comwrote:
I'm about halfway through Charles Stross' excellent new novel,
"Halting State". It's set in Edinburgh in the year 2018, and one of
the main characters is a game programmer whose primary language is
something called "Python 3000".

The cover features blurbs from William Gibson, Vernor Vinge, John
Carnack, and Bruce Scheier.

What, they couldn't pop for an advance copy for Guido?

-- Wade Leftwich
Ithaca, NY
Damn keyboard. The last two endorsers are John Carmack and Bruce
Schneier.
Nov 17 '07 #2
On Nov 17, 9:37 am, Wade Leftwich <wleftw...@gmail.comwrote:
I'm about halfway through Charles Stross' excellent new novel,
"Halting State". It's set in Edinburgh in the year 2018, and one of
the main characters is a game programmer whose primary language is
something called "Python 3000".
I should hope that by 2018, Python 4000 would be more cutting-edge.
Or is the protagonist struggling with backward-compatibility with a
Python version that would be nearly 10 years old already?

-- Paul
Nov 17 '07 #3
Paul McGuire wrote:
On Nov 17, 9:37 am, Wade Leftwich <wleftw...@gmail.comwrote:
>I'm about halfway through Charles Stross' excellent new novel,
"Halting State". It's set in Edinburgh in the year 2018, and one of
the main characters is a game programmer whose primary language is
something called "Python 3000".

I should hope that by 2018, Python 4000 would be more cutting-edge.
Or is the protagonist struggling with backward-compatibility with a
Python version that would be nearly 10 years old already?
I think it was just a conservative guess that Python 3000 would be out by then.

Stefan
Nov 17 '07 #4
Paul McGuire pisze:
>I'm about halfway through Charles Stross' excellent new novel,
"Halting State". It's set in Edinburgh in the year 2018, and one of
the main characters is a game programmer whose primary language is
something called "Python 3000".

I should hope that by 2018, Python 4000 would be more cutting-edge.
Or is the protagonist struggling with backward-compatibility with a
Python version that would be nearly 10 years old already?
Or, the author questions availability of P3k in 2008. It's not that hard
to believe, since Python 3000 was a mythical monster (not even like Perl
6) until recently. If the book was written around 2005 or even 2004...

--
Jarek Zgoda
http://zgodowie.org/
Nov 17 '07 #5
On Nov 17, 2007 4:25 PM, Paul McGuire <pt***@austin.rr.comwrote:
On Nov 17, 9:37 am, Wade Leftwich <wleftw...@gmail.comwrote:
I'm about halfway through Charles Stross' excellent new novel,
"Halting State". It's set in Edinburgh in the year 2018, and one of
the main characters is a game programmer whose primary language is
something called "Python 3000".

I should hope that by 2018, Python 4000 would be more cutting-edge.
Or is the protagonist struggling with backward-compatibility with a
Python version that would be nearly 10 years old already?
If the whole 3.n series is called "Python 3000", then it's very
plausible. I can see Python 3.7 or 3.8 being the latest version in
2018.

--
Cheers,
Simon B.
si***@brunningonline.net
http://www.brunningonline.net/simon/blog/
GTalk: simon.brunning | MSN: small_values | Yahoo: smallvalues
Nov 17 '07 #6

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