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Episode 30: Exploring the New Features of Python 3.9

The Real Python Podcast

Oct 09, 2020 1h 14m

Python 3.9 has arrived! This week on the show, former guest and Real Python author Geir Arne Hjelle returns to talk about his recent article, “Python 3.9: Cool New Features for You to Try”. Also joining the conversation is Real Python video course instructor and author Christopher Trudeau. Christopher has created a video course, which was released this week also, based on Geir Arne’s article. We talk about time zones, merging dictionaries, the new parser, type hints, and more.

Geir Arne and Christopher not only cover the new features, but they also offer advice about ways you might incorporate them into your code. We discuss what you should think about before updating your code.

Topics:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:02 – Proper Time Zone support
  • 00:05:38 – What to do if your OS does not have tzdata?
  • 00:07:11 – How do you add time zone info to your Python code?
  • 00:08:24 – Historic changes to time zones
  • 00:10:48 – New operators for updating dictionaries
  • 00:15:44 – Geir Arne’s PyCon 2020 decorators tutorial
  • 00:18:02 – Changes to decorator syntax
  • 00:24:08 – Annotated type hints
  • 00:32:36 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:33:26 – The PEG parser
  • 00:37:51 – Potential for new enhancements in upcoming releases
  • 00:42:40 – String methods to remove prefixes and suffixes
  • 00:44:22 – Type hint lists and dictionaries directly
  • 00:47:29 – Topological Sort
  • 00:52:03 – Greatest Common Divisor (GCD) and Least Common Multiple (LCM)
  • 00:53:50 – New HTTP status codes
  • 00:58:29 – Should you upgrade?
  • 01:07:58 – Potential issue with Python 3.10 versioning
  • 01:10:18 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 01:12:52 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 01:14:08 – Thanks and goodbyes

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