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posted by martyb on Friday July 13 2018, @12:58PM   Printer-friendly
from the pass-it-on dept.

On a python developers' mailing list for the core developers, Python Committers, Benevolent Dictator for Life Guido van Rossum has announced that he is stepping down effective immediately and with out appointing a successor.

Now that PEP 572 is done, I don't ever want to have to fight so hard for a
PEP and find that so many people despise my decisions.

I would like to remove myself entirely from the decision process. I'll
still be there for a while as an ordinary core dev, and I'll still be
available to mentor people -- possibly more available. But I'm basically
giving myself a permanent vacation from being BDFL, and you all will be on
your own.

After all that's eventually going to happen regardless -- there's still
that bus lurking around the corner, and I'm not getting younger... (I'll
spare you the list of medical issues.)

I am not going to appoint a successor.

[...] I'll still be here, but I'm trying to let you all figure something out for
yourselves. I'm tired, and need a very long break.

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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @02:43PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @02:43PM (#706639)

    And if they all quit, then maybe this shitty language will finally get the burial it deserves. Dynamic typing and semantic white space are signs that the "designer" of a language shouldn't be allowed to write with anything other than crayons.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @08:05PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @08:05PM (#706763)

    Gee, I wonder why "nerds" get such a bad rap? Hmmmm, if only there were a clue!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:06PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14 2018, @02:06PM (#707099)

      And yet you can't actually say that I'm wrong. This is the internet, not some safe space, if you can't handle the fact that somebody is being called out for the massively idiotic decisions they've made, then perhaps you shouldn't be out in public.

      People hate nerds for all sorts of reasons, but it's morons like you that take the cake. Python is a crappy language and really should be replaced by any number other languages for teaching beginning programmers.