So, we have managed to break another record for our longest period ever between two monthly newsletters. It has been sixteen busy months between September 2018 and now, so we have made 2019 an official Year Without a Newsletter.
Happy New Year, and a warm welcome to the January 2020 PythonAnywhere newsletter. Hooray! Here is what has happened since our last one.
We recently added support for Python 3.8. If you signed up after 4 December 2019, you'll have it available on your account -- you can use it just like any other Python version.
If you signed up before then, it's a little more complicated, but we can update your account to provide it -- more information here.
Always-on tasks are a feature we rolled out for paid accounts in our October 2018 update. Essentially, you specify a program and we keep it running for you all the time. If it exits for any reason, we'll automatically restart it -- even in extreme circumstances, for instance if the server that it's running on has a hardware failure, it will fail over to another working machine quickly.
You can now get a free, automated HTTPS certificate for your custom domain using
Let's Encrypt. Previously, there was all sorts of tedious manual mucking around with
dehydrated to get that free cert. And you won't need to remember to renew the certificate anymore either! (or as was the
case for some of our users, setting up a scheduled task to auto-renew your certificate!) Now this will all happen behind the scenes automatically.
Back in February 2019, we announced
It's a completely separate version of our site, with all of the computers and storage hosted in Frankfurt,
rather than in the US for
In November 2019 we made a migration system available to our users.
It allows us to move accounts from the US system to the EU one with minimal downtime.
If you have an account on
www.pythonanywhere.com and would like it to be moved to
just let us know via email (email@example.com).
We published some tutorials and HOW-TOs:
As in the last newsletter we wanted to share some of the metrics:
Although you can install Python packages on PythonAnywhere yourself, we like to make sure that we have plenty of batteries included.
Everything got updated for the new system image that provides access to Python 3.8, so if you're using that image, you should have the most recent (or at least a very recent) version of everything :-)
Paying PythonAnywhere customers get unrestricted Internet access, but if you're a free PythonAnywhere user, you may have hit problems when writing code that tries to access sites elsewhere on the Internet. We have to restrict you to sites on a whitelist to stop hackers from creating dummy accounts to hide their identities when breaking into other people's websites.
But we really do encourage you to suggest new sites that should be on the whitelist. Our rule is, if it's got an official public API, which means that the site's owners are encouraging automated access to their server, then we'll whitelist it. Just drop us a line with a link to the API docs.
We keep adding new sites to the list every day.
You might not have noticed, but in August 2019 a Florida man has hand-captured a Burmese python measuring 17 feet, 9 inches.