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PEP:429
Title:Python 3.4 Release Schedule
Version:8a6a61241046
Last-Modified:2014-03-17 10:30:52 -0700 (Mon, 17 Mar 2014)
Author:Larry Hastings <larry at hastings.org>
Status:Active
Type:Informational
Content-Type:text/x-rst
Created:17-Oct-2012
Python-Version:3.4

Abstract

This document describes the development and release schedule for Python 3.4. The schedule primarily concerns itself with PEP-sized items.

Release Manager and Crew

  • 3.4 Release Manager: Larry Hastings
  • Windows installers: Martin v. Löwis
  • Mac installers: Ned Deily / Ronald Oussoren
  • Documentation: Georg Brandl

Release Schedule

The releases:

  • 3.4.0 alpha 1: August 3, 2013
  • 3.4.0 alpha 2: September 9, 2013
  • 3.4.0 alpha 3: September 29, 2013
  • 3.4.0 alpha 4: October 20, 2013
  • 3.4.0 beta 1: November 24, 2013
  • 3.4.0 beta 2: January 5, 2014
  • 3.4.0 beta 3: January 26, 2014
  • 3.4.0 candidate 1: February 10, 2014
  • 3.4.0 candidate 2: February 23, 2014
  • 3.4.0 candidate 3: March 9, 2014
  • 3.4.0 final: March 16, 2014

(Beta 1 was also "feature freeze"--no new features beyond this point.)

Features for 3.4

Implemented / Final PEPs:

  • PEP 428, a "pathlib" module providing object-oriented filesystem paths
  • PEP 435, a standardized "enum" module
  • PEP 436, a build enhancement that will help generate introspection information for builtins
  • PEP 442, improved semantics for object finalization
  • PEP 443, adding single-dispatch generic functions to the standard library
  • PEP 445, a new C API for implementing custom memory allocators
  • PEP 446, changing file descriptors to not be inherited by default in subprocesses
  • PEP 450, a new "statistics" module
  • PEP 451, standardizing module metadata for Python's module import system
  • PEP 453, a bundled installer for the pip package manager
  • PEP 454, a new "tracemalloc" module for tracing Python memory allocations
  • PEP 456, a new hash algorithm for Python strings and binary data
  • PEP 3154, a new and improved protocol for pickled objects
  • PEP 3156, a new "asyncio" module, a new framework for asynchronous I/O

Deferred to post-3.4:

  • PEP 431, improved support for time zone databases
  • PEP 441, improved Python zip application support
  • PEP 447, support for __locallookup__ metaclass method
  • PEP 448, additional unpacking generalizations
  • PEP 455, key transforming dictionary