15.2.140. camcops_server.cc_modules.cc_pythonversion


Copyright (C) 2012, University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry. Created by Rudolf Cardinal (rnc1001@cam.ac.uk).

This file is part of CamCOPS.

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Single place to determine the Python version required.

Python v3.6 was required as of CamCOPS v2.3.1, 2019. That enables:

  • f-strings (v3.6)

Python v3.7 was required as of CamCOPS v2.4.12, 2021. That enables:

  • dataclasses (v3.7)

Python 3.8 was required as of CamCOPS v2.4.15, 2022. That enables:

  • assignment expressions, the “walrus” operator, := (v3.8)

  • positional-only parameters, / (v3.8)

  • f-string = syntax to debug a variable (v3.8)

Not yet available:

  • new dictionary merge/update syntax (v3.9)

  • string prefix/suffix removal functions (v3.9)

  • use of generics like list (not just List) for type hinting (v3.9)

  • match/case statement, like C++’s switch (v3.10)

  • | as well as Union for type hints (v3.10)

  • explicit typing.TypeAlias annotation (v3.10)

Note that one can set the environment variable PYTHONDEVMODE=1 to enable extra checks, such as whether there are deprecation warnings with newer Python versions.

Note that Python versions are referred to in:

  • this file

  • .github/workflows/*

  • server/setup.py

  • server/docker/dockerfiles/camcops.Dockerfile

  • server/tools/MAKE_LINUX_PACKAGES.py

and separately (not necessarily within a CamCOPS virtual environment) in

  • server/tools/install_virtualenv.py

  • tablet_qt/tools/build_qt.py


Asserts that this version of Python meets our minimum requirements. This function should be used except in installation environments where CamCOPS modules are unavailable.



Note that this module/function should use only Python 2 syntax!