It's Almost Crunch Time. R.I.P. Python 2

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TechRepublic writes:

With just four months to go until support ends for Python 2, there are still some developers and projects that haven’t made the switch to Python 3….

The pressure to make the move is growing, with the Python 2 interpreter and bundled libraries due to cease receiving bug fixes from January 1st 2020.

This article describes the impact of the Jan 1st cutoff and steps to take for a successful migration to Python 3.

For more information about scripting language support in macOS Catalina, see: “macOS 10.15 Catalina Deprecates UNIX Scripting Languages.

In UK, Critical Shortage of Java and Python Programming Skills

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ZDNet writes: “The skills shortage is spreading further, with developers for data science, DevOps and cloud roles in high demand.”  Citing recruiting research in the UK:

Harvey Nash director David Savage said the recruiter found the biggest skills shortages were in data science and analytics. He said because data science demands a narrow field of technical skills, plus a highly academic approach, there are huge problems in the talent pipeline and no clear or easy way to increase the number of available professionals.

There’s a shortage in the U.S. as well for highly skilled programmers.

macOS 10.15 Catalina Deprecates UNIX Scripting Languages

· John Martellaro · Analysis

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The older Python language, version 2.7, is being deprecated in macOS 10.15 Catalina and won’t be included in macOS 10.16. The same goes for other UNIX scripting languages.

How to Upgrade Your Mac to Python 3 [2017 Update]

· John Martellaro · Analysis

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In macOS Sierra and even High Sierra, Apple provides only Python 2.7, but if you need to install and work with Python 3.x, this article shows how to do it.