RELEASED Python 2.5 (beta 3)

Discussion in 'Python' started by Anthony Baxter, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. On behalf of the Python development team and the Python
    community, I'm happy to announce the third BETA release
    of Python 2.5.

    This is an *beta* release of Python 2.5. As such, it is not
    suitable for a production environment. It is being released
    to solicit feedback and hopefully discover bugs, as well as
    allowing you to determine how changes in 2.5 might impact
    you. If you find things broken or incorrect, please log a
    bug on Sourceforge.

    In particular, note that changes to improve Python's support
    of 64 bit systems might require authors of C extensions
    to change their code. More information (as well as source
    distributions and Windows and Universal Mac OSX installers) are
    available from the 2.5 website:

    http://www.python.org/2.5/

    There's been over 50 fixes since the second beta. This
    large number of changes meant we felt more comfortable
    cutting a third beta release, rather than charging ahead to
    the release candidate.

    As of this release, Python 2.5 is now in *feature freeze*.
    Unless absolutely necessary, no functionality changes will
    be made between now and the final release of Python 2.5.

    The plan is that this will be the final beta release (no,
    really, this time for sure (probably)). We should now move
    to one or more release candidates, leading to a 2.5 final
    release early August. PEP 356 includes the schedule and will
    be updated as the schedule evolves. At this point, any
    testing you can do would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

    The new features in Python 2.5 are described in Andrew
    Kuchling's What's New In Python 2.5. It's available from
    the 2.5 web page.

    Amongst the language features added include conditional
    expressions, the with statement, the merge of try/except
    and try/finally into try/except/finally, enhancements to
    generators to produce a coroutine kind of functionality, and
    a brand new AST-based compiler implementation.

    New modules added include hashlib, ElementTree, sqlite3,
    wsgiref and ctypes. In addition, a new profiling module
    "cProfile" was added.

    Enjoy this new release,
    Anthony

    Anthony Baxter

    Python Release Manager
    (on behalf of the entire python-dev team)

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    Anthony Baxter, Aug 4, 2006
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