Python Language Upgrade Slithers Toward Final Release

Python 2.7, the last iteration of the 2.x line of the dynamic language, is nearing the final release stage. The first release candidate became available earlier this month, and the language’s developers have scheduled the second release candidate and final code availability for later this summer.

A Python 3.x line is also under development, but the team continued developing the 2.x line for a while because the two were incompatible. Steve Holden, chairman of the Python Software Foundation, has confirmed that the Foundation will continue to support Python 2.x for some time, saying, “Yes, 2.7 represents the last of the 2.x series at least as far as the development team is concerned. We anticipate a long period of end-of-life support – most likely at least five years but certainly beyond the normal two years.”

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