Python is a dynamic object-oriented programming language that can be used for many kinds of software development. It offers strong support for integration with other languages and tools, comes with extensive standard libraries, and can be learned in a few days. Many Python programmers report substantial productivity gains and feel the language encourages the development of higher quality, more maintainable code.
Python runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, OS/2, Amiga, Palm Handhelds, and Nokia mobile phones. Python has also been ported to the Java and .NET virtual machines.
Python is distributed under an OSI-approved open source license that makes it free to use, even for commercial products.
* Core and Builtins
- sys.platform is now always 'linux2' on Linux, even if Python is compiled on Linux 3.
- Accept bytes for the AST string type. This is temporary until a proper fix in 3.3.
- The distutils commands bdist_dumb, bdist_wininst and bdist_msi now respect a --skip-build option given to bdist.
- Fix crash in zlib module due to version mismatch.
* Extension Modules
- Fix a crash when ctypes.create_string_buffer(0) was passed to some functions like file.write().