Python Software Foundation: Press Release 29-Jul-2003

July 29, 2003

Press Release

SOURCE: Python Software Foundation

PYTHON SOFTWARE FOUNDATION (PSF) ANNOUNCES PYTHON VERSION 2.3
New release enhances powerful programming language

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., July 29, 2003 — The Python Software Foundation[1] (PSF)
announces the release of version 2.3 of the Python programming language[2]. This
major release introduces performance enhancements, increased
robustness, several minor language features, many additions to the
extensive standard library, improved support for Mac OS X and several
other Unix-based systems, and a large number of other improvements.

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.

“This new release combines a select set of language and standard
library improvements with a substantial speed boost. Typical Python
code runs 15 to 20 percent faster than it did in Python 2.2,” said
Guido van Rossum, creator of Python and president of the PSF. “With
many bug fixes, enhancements, and a vastly improved IDLE, the Python
Integrated Development Environment, Python has become an even better
development platform.”

Python 2.3 also adds boolean and set data types, source file encoding
indicator, zipped code archives, package meta data, extended date/time
processing, a logging module, and improved support for several
operating systems, including Mac OS X.

“The combination of the open source Unix-based core of Mac OS X running
on PowerBook G4 high-performance portables has attracted a large number
of developers using open source scripting languages like Python,” said
Bud Tribble, Apple’s vice president of Software Technology. “Python 2.3
provides greatly improved support for existing Mac OS X users, and with
the upcoming release of Panther, Apple will provide Python 2.3
developers direct access to APIs for the PDF-based Quartz graphics
engine and QuickTime image formats.”

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