Guido van Rossum gives up his position as BDFL at Python

Jul

13

2018

Dutchman Guido van Rossum has resigned as the main person responsible for Python, a position often referred to as Benevolent Dictator For Life. He takes a permanent vacation.

Van Rossum indicates on the mailing list of Python developers that he is tired and that he is ready for a long break. The reason is the release of Python Enhancement Proposal 572. “I never want to fight so hard for a PEP and find out that so many people despise my decisions”, he sighs .

He therefore steps back as responsible and only continues for a while as a core developer and as a mentor. “But it comes down to giving myself a permanent vacation as BDFL and you are now on your own.”

He does not appoint a replacement and expects everything to take his course. Van Rossum is the inventor of the popular programming language Python and laid the foundation at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in the late 1980s. Python was his hobby project, with which he elaborated on the programming language ABC.

In 2015, Tweakers published a video about Guido van Rossum in the series Polder pioneers.

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