RELEASED Python 2.4, alpha 1

Mike C. Fletcher mcfletch at
Fri Jul 9 23:57:48 CEST 2004

Martin v. Löwis wrote:

> Mike C. Fletcher wrote:
>> I don't see note of switch to Visual Studio .NET for Win32 builds, 
>> but somehow I'd thought that was planned for the 2.4 timeframe.  Did 
>> I get that wrong? 
> Actually, it is mentioned in the "What's new" document:

Well, no ;) :) .  What's mentioned there is that it *builds*, not that
the installer version *is built* with it, those are two
different issues, particularly for extension writers, as we target the distributed version almost exclusively.  Whether it's
possible to build Python with a given compiler is an academic question
if people don't generally have compilers or compile things.

IMO it's not really a "minor" issue for Windows.  It means that (in the
interim) extension developers need to have both VS6 and VS.NET (2003)
installed to build for < 2.4 and >=2.4.  That's fine (after all, there's
a free VS.Net version compatible with the new Python IIRC), and I'm all
for it, but I'd actually consider it a fairly major new feature for a
platform where previously there's been no freely-available C/C++
compiler compatible with the current Python build.  (Well, save with
some serious hacking about).

Have fun,

  Mike C. Fletcher
  Designer, VR Plumber, Coder

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