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Question:
In Python what does __future__ do?
Tags: python future

The intent behind __future__ is to help me write Python which is more compatible with future releases of Python.

Here is a demo:
dan@hp /tmp $ 
dan@hp /tmp $ 
dan@hp /tmp $ python
Python 2.7.9 |Anaconda 2.1.0 (64-bit)| (default, Dec 12 2014, 14:52:24) 
[GCC 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-1)] on linux2
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>>> 
>>> 
>>> print(3/4)
0
>>> 
>>> quit()
dan@hp /tmp $ 
dan@hp /tmp $ 
dan@hp /tmp $ python
Python 2.7.9 |Anaconda 2.1.0 (64-bit)| (default, Dec 12 2014, 14:52:24) 
[GCC 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-1)] on linux2
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
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>>> 
>>> 
>>> from __future__ import division
>>> 
>>> print(3/4)
0.75
>>> 
>>> quit()
dan@hp /tmp $ 
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