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Release Digest: General, June 3, 2003

Jun 04, 2003, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])

Python 2.2.3

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The Python Software Foundation announces the release of version 2.2.3 of the Python programming language. This maintenance release introduces over 120 enhancements to the language and its extensive standard libraries.

"This new minor release of Python provides users with a collection of carefully selected improvements. It is an important part of our commitment to maintaining widely used stable versions of Python," said Guido van Rossum, creator of Python and president of the Python Software Foundation.

Python is a uniquely agile programming language that significantly increases programmer productivity over languages such as C, C++, Java, and Visual Basic. The language is used in mission-critical applications by hundreds of thousands of companies and organizations worldwide, and its user base is growing rapidly.

"RealNetworks uses Python extensively for the infrastructure of the Helix Community (www.helixcommunity.org), including our Python-based build system Ribosome (ribosome.helixcommunity.org) and our Python driven test player (pyplayer.helixcommunity.org). Python has been a great choice for us; it has offered us flexibility and robustness and has made it possible for us to write modular, easily-maintained tools. We're very happy with the results," said Rob Lanphier, Helix Community Coordinator.

Other companies using Python include The New York Stock Exchange, Google, Philips, Hewlett Packard, Rackspace, Industrial Light and Magic, Nasa, Disney, Compaq, and AstraZeneca.