Release Date: Oct. 1, 2019
This is the release candidate of Python 3.8.0
Note: The release you're looking at is Python 3.8.0rc1, an outdated release. Python 3.9 is now the latest feature release series of Python 3. Get the latest release of 3.9.x here.
Please keep in mind that this is a preview release and its use is not recommended for production environments.
Major new features of the 3.8 series, compared to 3.7
Some of the new major new features and changes in Python 3.8 are:
- PEP 572, Assignment expressions
- PEP 570, Positional-only arguments
- PEP 587, Python Initialization Configuration (improved embedding)
- PEP 590, Vectorcall: a fast calling protocol for CPython
- PEP 578, Runtime audit hooks
- PEP 574, Pickle protocol 5 with out-of-band data
- Typing-related: PEP 591 (Final qualifier), PEP 586 (Literal types), and PEP 589 (TypedDict)
- Parallel filesystem cache for compiled bytecode
- Debug builds share ABI as release builds
- f-strings support a handy
=specifier for debugging
continueis now legal in
- on Windows, the default
asyncioevent loop is now
- on macOS, the spawn start method is now used by default in
multiprocessingcan now use shared memory segments to avoid pickling costs between processes
typed_astis merged back to CPython
LOAD_GLOBALis now 40% faster
picklenow uses Protocol 4 by default, improving performance
- (Hey, fellow core developer, if a feature you find important is missing from this list, let Łukasz know.)
There are many other interesting changes, please consult the "What's New" page in the documentation for a full list.
- Online Documentation
- PEP 569, 3.8 Release Schedule
- Report bugs at https://bugs.python.org.
- Help fund Python and its community.
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