Sunday, October 14, 2012

About new release - Python 3.3.0

The new Python 3.3.0 was released on September 29th, 2012.

It's been two weeks since it was launched last version of python and I don't have found complaints about this release.

We can read more about updates and changes made by developers here.

What I think it's more significantly to this version:

  • The new "faulthandler" module that helps diagnosing crashes
  • The new "unittest.mock" module
  • The new "ipaddress" module
  • The "sys.implementation" attribute
  • A policy framework for the email package, with a provisional (see PEP 411) policy that adds much improved unicode support for email header parsing
  • A "collections.ChainMap" class for linking mappings to a single unit
  • Wrappers for many more POSIX functions in the "os" and "signal" modules, as well as other useful functions such as "sendfile()"
  • Hash randomization, introduced in earlier bugfix releases, is now switched on by default
  • A C implementation of the "decimal" module, with up to 120x speedup for decimal-heavy applications
  • The import system (__import__) is based on importlib by default
  • The new "lzma" module with LZMA/XZ support
  • PEP 397, a Python launcher for Windows
  • PEP 405, virtual environment support in core

Let's see how to working the new Python 3.3.0

First download it , unzip and install it. See next:

/Python-3.3.0 $ ./configure 
checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
checking for --enable-universalsdk... no
checking for --with-universal-archs... 32-bit
checking MACHDEP... linux
checking for --without-gcc... 

The next step is ...

$ make all

And finally ...

# su 
# ./python build
running build
running build_ext
INFO: Can't locate Tcl/Tk libs and/or headers

Python build finished, but the necessary bits to build these modules were not found:
_bz2               _dbm               _gdbm           
_lzma              _sqlite3           _ssl            
_tkinter           readline                           
To find the necessary bits, look in in detect_modules() for the module's name.

I will use it without this modules, until I find a way to fix it.

$ ./python 
Python 3.3.0 (default, Oct 14 2012, 21:42:00) 
[GCC 4.4.1] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import ipaddress

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuples can put you in difficulty.

They are two examples of sequence data types in python.

Today I will tell about tuples.

A tuple consists of a number of values separated by commas.

The biggest problem is when we do not know the number of these values ​​or type.

Let me illustrate with a function that returns a tuple.

This is a known tuple but we will use like an unknown tuple.

Let's see the python code and some errors:

>>> import sys
>>> if hasattr(sys, 'version_info'):
...     print sys.version_info()
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 2, in <module>
TypeError: 'tuple' object is not callable

Is very correct to got this error.

And the result using the print function:

>>> if hasattr(sys, 'version_info'):
...     print "%s" % str(sys.version_info)
(2, 6, 4, 'final', 0) 

>>> if hasattr(sys, 'version_info'):
...     sys.stderr.write("%s" % str(sys.version_info))
(2, 6, 4, 'final', 0)>>> 

or if you can use the repr function.

>>> if hasattr(sys, 'version_info'):
...     sys.stderr.write("%s" % repr(sys.version_info))
(2, 6, 4, 'final', 0)>>> 

The official Python documentation says __repr__ is used to compute the “official” string representation of an object and __str__ is used to compute the “informal” string representation of an object.

In my opinion , the correct way it's to use repr. For example:

>>> import datetime
>>> today =
>>> str(today)
'2012-10-02 22:45:57.634977'
>>> repr(today)
'datetime.datetime(2012, 10, 2, 22, 45, 57, 634977)'

As we see all values from tuples it's show.