PEP 484: Type Hints
This GitHub repo is used for development of the
defined by PEP 484. The module is available in Python since version
3.5.0 on a provisional basis until Python 3.7.0.
- Guido van Rossum
- Jukka Lehtosalo
- Łukasz Langa
The BDFL-Delegate is Mark Shannon. He was the final reviewer of PEP 484 and ultimately accepted it on May 22, 2014.
- May 24, 2015: Python 3.5.0 beta 1 -- PEP 484 accepted,
typingchecked into the CPython repo
- September 13, 2015: Python 3.5.0 final release;
typingis available on a provisional basis
- December 23, 2016: Python 3.6.0 final release;
typingstays provisional for the course of the 3.6 releases
- January 29, 2018: Python 3.7.0 beta 1, feature freeze for the release,
- June 15, 2018: Python 3.7.0 final release, the
typingmodule is no longer provisional
The dates for Python 3.7 are based on PEP 537 and may still change.
The python.org rendering of PEP 484 lives at https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0484/.
Two related informational PEPs exist:
- An explanation of the theory behind type hints can be found in https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0483/.
- A literature review is at https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0482/.
The python.org site automatically updates (with a slight delay, typically in the order of 5-60 minutes) whenever the python/peps repo is updated.
- The typing.py module and its unittests are edited in the src subdirectory of this repo. The python2 subdirectory contains the Python 2 backport.
- The PEPs 484, 483, and 482 are edited in the GitHub python/peps repo.
- Use the GitHub issue tracker for this repo to collect concerns and TO DO items for PEPs 484, 483, and 482 as well as for typing.py.
- Accumulate changes in the GitHub repo, closing issues as they are either decided and described in PEP 484, or implemented in typing.py, or both, as befits the issue. (Some issues will be closed as "won't fix" after a decision is reached not to take action.)
- Make frequent small commits with clear descriptions. Preferably use a separate commit for each functional change, so the edit history is clear, merge conflicts are unlikely, and it's easy to roll back a change when further discussion reverts an earlier tentative decision that was already written up and/or implemented.
- Push to GitHub frequently.
- Pull from GitHub frequently, rebasing conflicts carefully (or merging, if a conflicting change was already pushed).
- At reasonable checkpoints: post current versions of PEPs to python-dev, making sure to update the Post-History header in python/peps repo. This is typically done by Guido.
- bug: Needs to be fixed in typing.py.
- to do: Editing task for PEP 484 or for this repo.
- enhancement: Proposed new feature.
- postponed: Idea up for discussion.
- out of scope: Somebody else's problem.
Workflow for mypy changes
- Use the GitHub issue tracker for the mypy repo (python/mypy). The mypy core developers accept pull requests at their discretion.
- mypy uses
typing.pyfrom the available standard library when ran on Python 3.5+ and uses the PyPI version for older Python versions
- The full list of mypy issues marked as PEP 484 compatibility issues is here: https://github.com/python/mypy/labels/topic-pep-484
Workflow for CPython changes
- At Guido's discretion, he will from time to time copy typing.py and test_typing.py from the python/typing GitHub repo to the cpython repo.
- This process includes merging changes made directly in the cpython repo by other core developers.
- The changes are merged in three branches (3.5, 3.6, default) due to the module's provisional status.