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Perl example is a bad one given Perl 6 having near zero adoption, and being incompatible with 5. And this is hardly "constant" version churn. This was a major event for Python to fix some long-running issues that needed fixing, but could only be done with an incompatible version.



Over the course of 2014, the "pip" project alone went from 1.4.1 to 6.0.6(!) through 2 minor releases, 1 major release, and 9 point releases, 6 of which were on the same day as another point release (it's called a "release candidate", people). They included regressions such as "segfaults on Windows at every invocation", "freezes if the specific server pypi.org is not reachable", and dropping support for a python version that was less than 2 years old at that point. They also introduced a third package archive format into the ecosystem.

The library ecosystem is the problem, and it's what's driving the language churn.




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