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Guido van van Rossum

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Python 3.0 alpha 2 Released! (View in Weblogs)
Posted: Dec 7, 2007 1:48 PM
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Another milestone in Python 3000 development: alpha 2 is released. Now with immutable bytes!
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This is just a quick post to let everyone know that Python 3.0a2 is released as of 10:30am PST (18:30 UTC) today (Friday December 7, 2007).

I'm grateful to the many people who have contributed to this release, in particular new core developers Christian Heimes and Amaury Forgeot d'Arc.

I wish I could list the many things that are new since 3.0a1 was released on August 31, but there are already many places where you can read up on that, so I'll skip this now.

However, I do want to mention that based upon the feedback for 3.0a1, we've decided to make the 'bytes' type immutable, and create a separate mutable bytes type, 'bytearray'. These two types are mutually compatible, but in the majority of cases you'll be using bytes, not bytearray.

I should also note that we've run into an issue with the Windows installers -- see the release page above. If anyone can help this, please write to python-dev at python.org. (The script that creates the installer is in the distribution as Tools/msi/msi.py.)

And finally, a word of thanks to all the GHOP contestants who contributed documentation updates, and to Georg Brandl for collecting these and submitting them to Subversion. There are still many more tasks available!


Anzan Hoshin

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Re: Python 3.0 alpha 2 Released! Posted: Dec 7, 2007 4:43 PM
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Congratulations to all involved.

I'm just learning Python 2.5 as a hobby so I look forward to being totally confused by Python 3.

Raoul Duke

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Re: Python 3.0 alpha 2 Released! Posted: Dec 7, 2007 7:40 PM
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> I'm just learning Python 2.5 as a hobby so I look forward
> to being totally confused by Python 3.

i bet you can just think "Perl 6" to feel better by comparison.

Anzan Hoshin

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Re: Python 3.0 alpha 2 Released! Posted: Dec 7, 2007 8:52 PM
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> > I'm just learning Python 2.5 as a hobby so I look
> forward
> > to being totally confused by Python 3.
>
> i bet you can just think "Perl 6" to feel better by
> comparison.

Oh, I really am looking forward to it.

As someone with no programming knowledge and no background in maths but rather in ancient languages and philosophy, I've found what I've learned so far to be challenging but very clear and concise.

I think Python 3 will challenge what I've learned by then and yet be clearer.

Again, congratulations to all and thanks.

Paparipote Tamparantan

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Re: Python 3.0 alpha 2 Released! Posted: Dec 8, 2007 9:48 AM
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Congratulations for the work. I was daily seeing the python 3000 forum and more people were positively participating in a wrestled and disciplined equipment; the GHOP is a great and intelligent initiative, they are fresh minds around and toward a vision, it is also an invaluable gift for them.

Bjørn Stabell

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Re: Python 3.0 alpha 2 Released! Posted: Dec 30, 2007 3:05 AM
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Love the move to make bytes immutable; makes perfect sense, and good to see you can still be 'agile' and tweak the roadmap when appropriate.

Waiting in anticipation for 3.0 final :)

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