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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) by darkfeline on Friday July 13 2018, @08:17PM

    by darkfeline (1030) on Friday July 13 2018, @08:17PM (#706766) Homepage

    >Today we have Rust and Swift and... and... yes, TypeScript.

    Except none of those fills the role that Python has? Python is one of the de facto Linux scripting languages now, so a shiny new alternative would have to be a useful scripting language.

    Back in the ancient days, all scripts on a Linux system was shell. Then, it was Bash and Perl. Now, it's Bash, Perl, and Python, with Perl going out the door. Take a look at any of the common Linux distributions, it will have Python installed by default because the base OS ships with a lot of Python scripts.

    Pretty much all of the languages you mentioned are unable to fill this role, simply by demerit of being compiled languages (languages without a common interpreter implementation). No, I'm not going to consider TypeScript seriously.

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