A couple days have passed since the announcement of the 1.4 release, and this is a short summary of what happened afterwards. Let's start with numbers:
- 16k visits to the release announcement on our blog
- we don't have download statistics unfortunately
- 10k visits to speed center
- most traffic comes from referring sites, reddit alone creating above a third of our traffic
Not too bad for a project that doesn't have a well-established user base.
- Releases are very important. They're still the major way projects communicate with community, even if we have nightly builds that are mostly stable.
- No segfaults were reported, no incompatibilities between JIT and normal interpretation. We think that proves (or at least provides a lot of experimental evidence) that our write-once-and-then-transform method is effective.
- A lot of people complained about their favorite module in C not working, we should have made it clearer that CPyExt is in alpha state. Indeed, we would like to know which C extension modules do work :-).
- Some people reported massive speedups, other reported slowdowns compared to CPython. Most of those slowdowns relate to modules being inefficient (or doing happy nonsense), like ctypes. This is expected, given that not all modules are even jitted (although having them jitted is usually a matter of a couple of minutes).
- Nobody complained about a lack of some stdlib module. We implemented the ones which are used more often, but this makes us wonder if less used stdlib modules have any users at all.
In general feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we would like to thank everyone trying (and especially those reporting problems)