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On behalf of the Python development team, I'm happy to announce the
second beta preview release of Python 3.2.

Python 3.2 is a continuation of the efforts to improve and stabilize the
Python 3.x line. Since the final release of Python 2.7, the 2.x line
will only receive bugfixes, and new features are developed for 3.x only.

Since PEP 3003, the Moratorium on Language Changes, is in effect, there
are no changes in Python's syntax and built-in types in Python 3.2.
Development efforts concentrated on the standard library and support for
porting code to Python 3. Highlights are:

* numerous improvements to the unittest module
* PEP 3147, support for .pyc repository directories
* PEP 3149, support for version tagged dynamic libraries
* PEP 3148, a new futures library for concurrent programming
* PEP 384, a stable ABI for extension modules
* PEP 391, dictionary-based logging configuration
* an overhauled GIL implementation that reduces contention
* an extended email package that handles bytes messages
* countless fixes regarding bytes/string issues; among them full
support for a bytes environment (filenames, environment variables)
* many consistency and behavior fixes for numeric operations
* a sysconfig module to access configuration information
* a pure-Python implementation of the datetime module
* additions to the shutil module, among them archive file support
* improvements to pdb, the Python debugger

For a more extensive list of changes in 3.2, see

http://docs.python.org/3.2/whatsnew/3.2.html

To download Python 3.2 visit:

http://www.python.org/download/releases/3.2/

Please consider trying Python 3.2 with your code and reporting any bugs
you may notice to:

http://bugs.python.org/


Enjoy!

- --
Georg Brandl, Release Manager
georg at python.org
(on behalf of the entire python-dev team and 3.2's contributors)

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  • Nick Coghlan at Dec 22, 2010 at 1:15 am

    On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 6:18 AM, Georg Brandl wrote:
    Since PEP 3003, the Moratorium on Language Changes, is in effect, there
    are no changes in Python's syntax and built-in types in Python 3.2.
    Minor nit - we actually did tweak a few of the builtin types a bit
    (mostly the stuff to improve Sequence ABC conformance and to make
    range objects more list-like)

    Cheers,
    Nick.

    --
    Nick Coghlan?? |?? ncoghlan at gmail.com?? |?? Brisbane, Australia
  • Eric Smith at Dec 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    On 12/22/2010 8:46 AM, Georg Brandl wrote:
    Am 22.12.2010 02:15, schrieb Nick Coghlan:
    On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 6:18 AM, Georg Brandlwrote:
    Since PEP 3003, the Moratorium on Language Changes, is in effect, there
    are no changes in Python's syntax and built-in types in Python 3.2.
    Minor nit - we actually did tweak a few of the builtin types a bit
    (mostly the stuff to improve Sequence ABC conformance and to make
    range objects more list-like)
    Indeed, I'll fix this wording for the next announcement. (And I will
    mention SSL, sorry Antoine).
    If you're only going to mention some vague "some builtins had minor
    changes", then I'm fine with that. If you're going to enumerate all such
    changes, that will be a bigger job. There were 2 such changes I'm aware
    of: str.format_map (#6081) and the addition of alternate ("#")
    formatting to float, complex and decimal (#7094) __format__ methods.

    For this announcement I don't think it's necessary to list them all.

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