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 This is the sixth summary written by Michael Hudson.
 Summaries are archived at:

  http://starship.python.net/crew/mwh/summaries/

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     Python 2.1 is released!

 After Tim found a bug of staggering subtlety in the dict code:

   http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2001-April/014272.html

 And Guido released a release candidate or two:

  http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2001-April/014205.html
  http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2001-April/014290.html

 Python 2.1 was unleashed on the world:

  http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2001-April/014298.html

 which has already been incorporated into the cygwin distribution:

  http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2001-April/014311.html


    Iterators

 Guido asked whether we thought he should check his prototype iterator
 implementation into the main trunk:

  http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2001-April/014353.html

 After everyone said "yes!", he did so, so you can play around with
 iterators if you build a Python from CVS.  Discussion of this feature
 is going on the python-iterators list at sourceforge:

  http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/python-iterators


    Class methods

 Thomas Heller posted another plea for class methods to be included in
 some future version of Python:

  http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2001-April/014365.html

 Discussion wandered around a bit, drifting onto metaclasses and some
 tantalizing hints of Guido's plans for attacking the dreaded
 type/class split in Python 2.2.


    Suirprise!

 Tim Peter's posted a surprising consequence of how Python handles
 chained comparisons:

  http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-dev/2001-April/014399.html

 This may elicit a warning from the compiler in 2.2...