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‘Master/Slave’ Terminology Was Removed from Python Programming Language
Master/slave (technology) - Wikipedia
When discussing technology, these terms are used to refer to components that have total control over other components or are controlled by a component, respectively. Given that slavery was institutionalized in the United States for hundreds of years, however, the casual use of these terms by techies has understandably become a contentious issue in recent years. The issue escalated last week when a programmer issued a change request that advocated for avoiding this terminology in Python, which is consistently ranked as one of the top three programming languages in the world. Stinner cited multiple private complaints in the thread as the reason for requesting the change. Unsurprisingly, the change request resulted in a heated debate among Python developers about the necessity for the change.
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Fifteen years ago, while teaching a WebSphere Portal class attended by several black students, I became incredibly uncomfortable when the standard software term master and slave came up in our discussion about scalability and workload management. It was clear to me then that a master-slave terminology alternative was needed. What surprises me is that some software companies still use it.