[Python-Dev] python-dev Summary for 2004-10-01 through 2004-10-15 [draft]

Brett C. bac at OCF.Berkeley.EDU
Thu Nov 11 00:47:42 CET 2004

No, that subject does not have a typo; this is for the first half of October. 
Have two huge projects due at the end of the quarter and they are killing me. 
Plus I have doctoral apps to prep for and do (and suggestions on good schools 
in the US or even Canada would be great).

Anyway, expect major delays in getting more Summaries out of the door until I 
am done with this quarter in December.


Summary Announcements
Sorry for the very late and short summary but I am in extreme crunch mode right 
now with school and preparing for applications to doctorate programs (any 
recommendations for schools with a good CS dept. and language research would be 
appreciated).  Don't expect things to pick up again until the quarter is over 
(Dec. 9th is my last final).

New module: subprocess
Peter Ästrand wrote `PEP 324`_ to come up with a platform-independent way to 
create processes.  Originally entitled popen5, it has now been added to the 
stdlib as subprocess.

.. _PEP 324: http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0324.html

Contributing threads:
   - `subprocess - updated popen5 module <>`__
   - `python/dist/src/Lib subprocess.py,NONE,1.1 <>`__
   - `Wither docs for the subprocess module? <>`__

Python 2.4.b1 is out
`Python 2.4b1`__ has been released.  As usual please download it, run the test 
suite, and test it with your own code.

Contributing threads:
   - `2.4b1 release,	this Friday (AU time) -- imminent TRUNK FREEZING <>`__
   - `RELEASED Python 2.4, beta 1 <>`__
   - `TRUNK UNFROZEN (release is done) <>`__

We need a replacement for ConfigParser
David Goodger brought forward two patches for ConfigParser he wanted to apply. 
  This quickly brought up the point that ConfigParser's API is not exactly 
optimal.  So the decision was made to field new designs.  If you happen to have 
your own code lying around that handles .ini files nicely then get it cleaned 
up and consider proposing at as a replacement.

Some ideas have already been floated on the list but will have to wait for the 
next summary for mention/discussion.

Contributing threads:
   - `ConfigParser patches <>`__

Skipped Threads
- Guidelines for Logging Usage
- Status of undocumented distutils features in 2.4?
- Toward Python's future article
- test_pep263.py is "-kb" in CVS
- python/dist/src/Doc/whatsnew whatsnew24.tex, 1.108, 1.109
- Python on Windows 64bits?
- About the Wise installer on Windows
- Patch wanted
- python/dist/src/Objects unicodeobject.c, 2.228, 2.229
- Minor cookielib changes for 2.4b1
- proposed struct module format code addition
- Cyclic GC issues
     Just don't have the time to summarize this, but a in-depth discussion of 
garbage collection involving extension code and using non-Python structs.
- python-dev Summary for 2004-09-16 through 2004-09-30 [draft]
     Lead to a discussion of executing modules in packages using the new '-m' 
command-line flag.

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