Nelson's log

What’s new since Python 2.2?

I learned Python when 2.2 was the new hotness. Since then I’ve picked up a lot of newer Python features but never really sat down to think of all the new language and library capabilities the system had. Here’s a list of some highlights in the 2.x releases I picked up off the what’s new pages. 2.6 (3.0) means the feature is available in 2.6 as a backport from 3.0. 2.6f (3.0) means the feature is only in 2.6 as a __future__.



Actually using some of these features is harder: Google AppEngine is stuck at 2.5 and Debian is stuck at 2.6. And of course 3.2 is the new hotness now, but largely not usable for ordinary user code.