Python Software Foundation: Press Release 19-Dec-2003

Maintenance release for the Python programming language

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., December 19, 2003 — The Python Software Foundation[1] (PSF)
announces the release of version 2.3.3 of the Python programming language[2]. This
minor release provides fixes for a number of problems found in the
previous version of Python, including several serious errors with
weakrefs and the cyclic garbage collector. There are also a number
of fixes to the standard library.

Python is a powerful and agile programming language that significantly
increases programmer productivity. It is very easy to learn for
programmers of other languages such as C, C++, Java, and Visual Basic.
The language is the basis of mission-critical applications used by tens
of thousands of companies and organizations worldwide, and its user
base is growing rapidly. Python is increasingly used in large system
development to decrease software costs, mitigate risk, and meet
aggressive schedules.

“Python is under constant development by hundreds of programmers around
the world. This maintenance release brings important bug fixes from the
community to all users of Python 2.3,” said Guido van Rossum, creator of
Python and president of the PSF.

Python 2.3 is currently shipping with latest Apple’s OS X release, and
plays a key role in the technical infrastructure at companies such
Google, Industrial Light & Magic, NASA, The New York Stock Exchange,
Philips, Rackspace, RedHat, NASA, Disney, and many others.

For more information about Python 2.3.3 or to download it, please visit[3]

About Python

Python is a powerful object oriented programming language that is
developed and maintained by a global community of Open Source
contributors, under the oversight of the Python Software Foundation.
Python’s unique blend of simplicity and power excels in a wide range of
software development tasks, including the construction of web
applications, complex integrated business solutions, and large desktop
applications. Python is often characterized as an agile language that
promotes speedy development and includes a unit-testing framework for
building more robust applications.

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