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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 DannyB on Monday July 16 2018, @02:10PM

    by DannyB (5839) on Monday July 16 2018, @02:10PM (#707885) Journal

    Noooo, that's like giving a three year old a tube of superglue and a box containing multiple tubs of glitter.

    For their own three-year-old project, why is that so bad?

    I'm not saying give a low skilled programmer a tool so that they can do something important and mission critical.

    I mean, for example, how many Excel Power Users could benefit from, say, Python, or Julia?

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