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Porting to Python 3.0

Python, Tutorial
Location: D135 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 9 ratings)

Python 3.0 (currently in development) contains a large number of backwards incompatible changes to the language. This tutorial will walk through the changes in 3.0 and also cover the tools available to help you port your code.

An example of a moderately large codebase will form part of the tutorial. The goal is to show that the 2.x→3.x transition, while large, is not the end of the world.

The tutorial will cover the major changes in 3.0, the 2to3 tool for automating conversion of your code, and the forwards-compatibility additions to Python 2.6.

Attendees are expected to already understand Python. This is not a tutorial for people who are new to the language.

Anthony Baxter

Google/Python Software Foundation

Anthony has been involved in the open-source community for more than
a decade, largely working in Python and, in the last few years, on
Python. He’s worked in the Internet area and in the telco space,
where he gets to exercise his incredibly short attention span by
working on far far too many things at once. He’s written or contributed
to more open source projects than he can remember – mostly related
to networking and protocol implementations.

He’s currently the release manager for Python. This is much less
glamorous than you might think. After a number of years working for
a travel-based telephone company, he’s recently started working for
Google Australia.

Anthony’s spoken at a number of conferences, including a keynote at linux.conf.au 2008, at each of the 4 OSDC conferences held so far, and presented Effective Python Programming at OSCON 2005.

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