[Twisted-Python] [ANN] Foolscap-0.2.6 released

Nathan nathan.stocks at gmail.com
Wed May 7 13:24:56 EDT 2008

On Tue, May 6, 2008 at 8:35 PM, Brian Warner <warner at lothar.com> wrote:
> > What's the current stability of foolscap?  Is it deemed stable enough
>  > for production, or is it more beta, alpha, etc.?
>  That's an.. emotional question :-), because I've got two hats on.
>  The foolscap developer hat -wearing Brian wants the freedom to improve the
>  wire protocol, which probably means breaking compatibility. There are some
>  versioning hooks in place to make it possible to do this less-breakingly, but
>  it's a hassle, and if this Brian had his druthers he'd be changing and
>  breaking things left and right to make them better. This Brian would like to
>  tell you that it's still alpha.
>  But the Tahoe/AllMyData developer hat -wearing Brian (you know, the one who
>  gets a paycheck) is deploying a commercial system with thousands of users who
>  all use Foolscap-0.2.5 to connect to our servers. This provides a strong
>  incentive to maintain compatibility :). This Brian is forced to admit that
>  it's at least beta, and the fact that his company is using it in a production
>  system suggests that there's at least one group of developers who deems it
>  stable enough for production.
>  So Foolscap is likely to maintain wire compatibility for the near future, and
>  if I really need to add protocol features, I'm pretty sure that I'll go
>  through the extra work of doing it in a non-breaking way. Take from that what
>  you will :-).

Great answer!  For my purposes, I'll consider that as "stable but
still under heavy development" ... and wait until it makes it into
Twisted proper.  I avoid extra external dependencies whenever I can.

~ Nathan

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