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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, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @05:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 13 2018, @05:33PM (#706706)

    most people should be able to write in a very high level language(s) then have the compiler handle all the tedious and/or technical, security related, low level stuff and still produce output that is efficient like if someone wrote the whole thing in C. a new Hip Hop type project with zero gotchas from the PHP core project would be nice, for instance. dlang may do some of this, but idk just how far it goes. rust tries to help with memory safety but idk how high level the language actually is. i think the real/more experienced programmers should be working on the languages, the compilers, and the IDEs (i know they already do, but i mean in this exact context) and build them all for less experienced application devs/designers with only higher level understanding/skill level. i think it's unreasonable to expect most people to learn the low level stuff and really we have different levels of nerd and super nerds want to work on super nerdy things, while your average nerd just wants to scratch an itch without it causing a bunch of problems/being a turd. I think this is the future, if AI doesn't completely replace us before then.

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