In what may have seemed like an April Fool's Day joke to some, Python creator Guido van Rossum recently floated the idea of bringing back the print statement—several months after Python 2, which had such a statement, reached its end of life. In fact, Van Rossum acknowledged that readers of his message to the python-ideas mailing list might be checking the date: "No, it's not April 1st." He was serious about the idea—at least if others were interested in having the feature—but he withdrew it fairly quickly when it became clear that there were few takers. The main reason he brought it up is interesting, though: the new parser for CPython makes it easy to bring back print from Python 2 (and before).
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The (Non-)Return of the Python Print Statement Guido van Rossum recently proposed re-introducing the Python print...The (Non-)Return of the Python Print Statement Guido van Rossum recently proposed re-introducing the Python print statement. He was completely serious and even though the idea didn’t gain traction, it’s interesting to know why he made the proposal. JAKE EDGE