Migration of ticketea.com website to Python 3

Today I wrote a new blog post at ticketea's engineering blog, this time about how we migrated ticketea.com to Python 3 in two weeks (download article in PDF here).

It was an interesting task, and I think went well because "ignorance is bliss", as I hadn't used Python 2 I wasn't biased by fear nor knew the real reach of possible failures, so I just went on, fixing every single error and testing and testing and testing again until all looked fine, and then more tests.

Some libraries already had Python 3 branches (outdated but with quite some work done) and QA helped me so the merit is not mine alone, but I'm quite happy with the result and it is a pleasure to focus on just Python 3.6 (plus now we can start adding type hinting and other fancy stuff).

Fun fact: All of this originated with the desire to add rate limiting to a new (internal) API I was building. I will actually write here a small blog post about rate limits because I found two very good links with nice explanations and I think can be of use for others in search of similar features.


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