[Python-Dev] [Python-3000] RELEASED Python 3.0 final

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Thu Dec 4 03:19:09 CET 2008


Thanks so much for seeing this one through, Barry and co! Champagne!!!

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 5:51 PM, Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org> wrote:
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> On behalf of the Python development team and the Python community, I am
> happy to announce the release of Python 3.0 final.
>
> Python 3.0 (a.k.a. "Python 3000" or "Py3k") represents a major milestone in
> Python's history, and was nearly three years in the making.  This is a new
> version of the language that is incompatible with the 2.x line of releases,
> while remaining true to BDFL Guido van Rossum's vision.  Some things you
> will notice include:
>
> * Fixes to many old language warts
> * Removal of long deprecated features and redundant syntax
> * Improvements in, and a reorganization of, the standard library
> * Changes to the details of how built-in objects like strings and dicts work
> * ...and many more new features
>
> While these changes were made without concern for backward compatibility,
> Python 3.0 still remains very much "Pythonic".
>
> We are confident that Python 3.0 is of the same high quality as our previous
> releases, such as the recently announced Python 2.6.  We will continue to
> support and develop both Python 3 and Python 2 for the foreseeable future,
> and you can safely choose either version (or both) to use in your projects.
>  Which you choose depends on your own needs and the availability of
> third-party packages that you depend on.  Some other things to consider:
>
> * Python 3 has a single Unicode string type; there are no more 8-bit strings
> * The C API has changed considerably in Python 3.0 and third-party extension
> modules you rely on may not yet be ported
> * Tools are available in both Python 2.6 and 3.0 to help you migrate your
> code
> * Python 2.6 is backward compatible with earlier Python 2.x releases
>
> We encourage you to participate in Python 3.0's development process by
> joining its mailing list:
>
>    http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-3000
>
> If you find things in Python 3.0 that are broken or incorrect, please submit
> bug reports at:
>
>   http://bugs.python.org/
>
> For more information, links to documentation, and downloadable
> distributions, see the Python 3.0 website:
>
>   http://www.python.org/download/releases/3.0/
>
> Enjoy,
> - -Barry
>
> Barry Warsaw
> barry at python.org
> Python 2.6/3.0 Release Manager
> (on behalf of the entire python-dev team)
>
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