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Python Software Foundation: Press Release 22-Oct-2002

Python Software Foundation (PSF) Announces Python Version 2.2.2

New release enhances powerful programming language

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., October 22 /PRNewswire/

The Python Software Foundation announces the release of version 2.2.2 of the Python programming language. This Maintenance Release introduces a number of enhancements to the language core and its standard libraries.

"This release is an invaluable upgrade for all Python and Zope users, offering increased stability and robustness. I am grateful to the Python and Zope community for contributing literally hundreds of bug fixes to Python 2.2.2," said Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, president of the Python Software Foundation, and Director of PythonLabs at Zope Corporation.

"Python has been an integral part of Google since the beginning, and remains so as the system grows and evolves. Dozens of Google engineers use Python, and we're looking for more people with skills in this language," said Peter Norvig, director of search quality at Google, Inc.

Python significantly increases programmer productivity over languages such as C, C++, Java, and Visual Basic. The language's global user base is estimated in the hundreds of thousands and is growing rapidly. Python runs on Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix, OS/2, WinCE, and many other operating systems. Full source code is available for the language and associated standard libraries.

"Python continues to be Zope's Secret Weapon," said Rob Page, CEO of Zope Corporation. "Zope is Python's Killer App because it showcases Python's power and flexibility in building world-class Content Management Solutions."

Key features of Python include:

  • Object orientation, modular name spaces, exceptions, and multi-threading

  • High-level dynamic data typing and very late binding

  • Tight integration with C, C++, and Java modules

  • May be compiled to Java byte code for use in any JVM

  • String and regular expression processing

  • Extensive XML and web services support

  • HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP, IMAP, NNTP, telnet, and other IP protocols

  • HTML, MIME, base64, binhex, uuencode, and other internet data handling

  • GUI development and multimedia services

  • Unit testing, profiling, and documentation generation

  • Restricted execution security option

  • Available third party modules for database access, math, 3D modeling, image processing, LDAP, WebDAV, jabber, MIDI, and much more

About the PSF

The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing Open Source technology related to the Python programming language. The PSF holds the intellectual property rights to Python. Additional information and downloads are available at

About Python

Python is a powerful object oriented programming language that is developed and maintained by a global community of Open Source contributors, under the oversight of the Python Software Foundation. Python's unique blend of simplicity and power excels in a wide range of business and research development tasks, including the construction of web applications, complex business solutions, and large desktop applications.

About Zope Corporation

Zope Corporation is the leading provider of enterprise content management solutions based on the open source Zope application server and its new Content Management Framework (CMF). Zope Corporation rapidly creates and deploys high-performance content management solutions that are scalable, reliable, and easily maintained. Source code is delivered with their systems, so clients have complete control over their software. Customers include Fortune 1000 companies, newspapers and other media, telecommunications firms, government agencies, the military, educational institutions and Internet businesses. Zope Corporation is backed by Opticality Ventures The company is headquartered in Virginia. For more on Zope Corporation and Zope visit

Lois Snitkoff
Zope Corporation