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: A while back I mentioned some problems with the most recent version of Beautiful Soup, outlined how I planned to fix those problems, and explained that I didn't plan to work on those fixes anytime soon because my job at Canonical leaves me burnt-out w/r/t writing software in my spare time.

But as part of Launchpad Performance Week, everyone's working on improving Launchpad's performance. As it happens, Launchpad uses Beautiful Soup behind the scenes in the test suite, and I was offered the chance to fix the problem on company time. (Fixing the problem will allow us to plug in lxml as the parser, making the tests run faster.)

It's going pretty well. I don't know if I'll be done with the whole thing by Friday, but it's definite progress on something I'd pretty much written off for the near future.

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