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1.0 beta 2 release notes

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+Django 1.0 beta 1 2 release notes
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+=================================
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+Welcome to Django 1.0 beta 2!
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+This is the fourth in a series of preview/development releases leading
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+up to the eventual release of Django 1.0, currently scheduled to take
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+place in early September 2008. This releases is primarily targeted at
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+developers who are interested in testing the Django codebase and
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+helping to identify and resolve bugs prior to the final 1.0 release.
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+As such, this release is *not* intended for production use, and any
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+such use is discouraged.
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+What's new in Django 1.0 beta 2
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+===============================
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+Django's development trunk has been the site of nearly constant
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+activity over the past year, with several major new features landing
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+since the 0.96 release.  For features which were new as of Django 1.0
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+alpha 1, see :ref:`the 1.0 alpha 1 release notes
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+<releases-1.0-alpha-1>`. For features which were new as of Django 1.0
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+alpha 2, see :ref:`the 1.0 alpha 2 release notes
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+<releases-1.0-alpha-2>`. For features which were new as of Django 1.0
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+beta 1, see :ref:`the 1.0 beta 1 release notes <releases-1.0-beta>`.
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+This beta release includes two major features:
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+Refactored ``django.contrib.comments``
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+    As part of a Google Summer of Code project, Thejaswi Puthraya
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+    carried out a major rewrite and refactoring of Django's bundled
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+    comment system, greatly increasing its flexibility and
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+    customizability. :ref:`Full documentation
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+    <ref-contrib-comments-index>` is available, as well as :ref:`an
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+    upgrade guide <ref-contrib-comments-upgrade>` if you were using
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+    the previous incarnation of the comments application..
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+Refactored documentation
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+    Django's bundled and online documentation has also been
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+    significantly refactored; the new documentation system uses
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+    `Sphinx`_ to build the docs and handle such niceties as topical
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+    indexes, reference documentation and cross-references within the
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+    docs. You can check out the new documentation `online`_ or, if you
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+    have Sphinx installed, build the HTML yourself from the
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+    documentation files bundled with Django.
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+.. _Sphinx: http://sphinx.pocoo.org/
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+.. _online: http://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/
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+Along with these new features, the Django team has also been hard at
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+work polishing Django's codebase for the final 1.0 release; this beta
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+release contains a large number of smaller improvements and bugfixes
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+from the ongoing push to 1.0.
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+Also, as part of its ongoing deprecation process, Django's old
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+form-handling system has been removed; this means ``django.oldforms``
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+no longer exists, and its various API hooks (such as automatic
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+manipulators) are no longer present in Django. This system has been
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+completely replaced by :ref:`the new form-handling system
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+<topics-forms-index>` in ``django.forms``.
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+The Django 1.0 roadmap
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+======================
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+One of the primary goals of this beta release is to focus attention on
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+the remaining features to be implemented for Django 1.0, and on the
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+bugs that need to be resolved before the final release. As of this
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+beta release, Django is in its final "feature freeze" for 1.0; feature
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+requests will be deferred to later releases, and the development
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+effort will be focused solely on bug-fixing and stability. Django is
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+also now in a "string freeze"; translatable strings (labels, error
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+messages, etc.) in Django's codebase will not be changed prior to the
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+release, in order to allow our translators to produce the final 1.0
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+version of Django's translation files.
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+Following this release, we'll be conducting a final development sprint
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+on August 30, 2008, based in London and coordinated online; the goal
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+of this sprint will be to squash as many bugs as possible in
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+anticipation of the final 1.0 release, which is currently targeted for
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+**September 2, 2008**. The official Django 1.0 release party will take
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+place during the first-ever DjangoCon, to be held in Mountain View,
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+California, USA, September 6-7.
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+What you can do to help
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+=======================
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+In order to provide a high-quality 1.0 release, we need your
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+help. Although this beta release is, again, *not* intended for
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+production use, you can help the Django team by trying out the beta
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+codebase in a safe test environment and reporting any bugs or issues
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+you encounter. The Django ticket tracker is the central place to
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+search for open issues:
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+    http://code.djangoproject.com/timeline
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+Please open new tickets if no existing ticket corresponds to a problem
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+you're running into.
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+Additionally, discussion of Django development, including progress
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+toward the 1.0 release, takes place daily on the django-developers
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+mailing list:
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+    http://groups.google.com/group/django-developers
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+...and in the ``#django-dev`` IRC channel on ``irc.freenode.net``. If
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+you're interested in helping out with Django's development, feel free
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+to join the discussions there.
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+Django's online documentation also includes pointers on how to
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+contribute to Django:
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+    http://www.djangoproject.com/documentation/contributing/
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+Contributions on any level -- developing code, writing
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+documentation or simply triaging tickets and helping to test proposed
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+bugfixes -- are always welcome and appreciated.
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     official release, you should keep track of new pieces pointed there. It's
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     also fun reading if you're looking forward to new versions of Django.
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+.. _backwards-incompatible changes: http://code.djangoproject.com/wiki/BackwardsIncompatibleChanges

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