RELEASED: Python 2.2a2 is out!
Barry A. Warsaw
barry at zope.com
Wed Aug 22 20:55:49 CEST 2001
We've released Python 2.2a2, the second alpha for Python 2.2, for your
enjoyment, education, and edification. Download it from:
Give it a good try, and report what breaks to the bug tracker:
New features in this release include:
- Tim Peters developed a brand new Windows installer using Wise 8.1,
generously donated to us by Wise Solutions.
- The floor division operator // has been added as outlined in PEP
238. The / operator still provides classic division (and will until
Python 3.0) unless "from __future__ import division" is included, in
which case the / operator will provide true division.
- The type/class unification (PEP 252-253) was integrated into the
trunk and is not so tentative any more (the exact specification of
some features is still tentative). A lot of work has done on fixing
bugs and adding robustness and features (performance still has to
come a long way).
- Lots of bug fixes, contributed patches, and other stuff. See the
Misc/NEWS file in the distribution, or see the release notes on
As usual, Andrew Kuchling is writing a gentle introduction to the most
important changes (currently excluding type/class unification), titled
"What's New in Python 2.2":
There is an introduction to the type/class unification at:
Thanks to everybody who contributed to this release, including all the
2.2 alpha 1 testers!
-Barry & Guido
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