Python creator "bored" being retired and joins Microsoft as a developer

Guido van Rossum, creator of the popular Python programming language, has joined Microsoft's developer division… One year after retiring. "I decided that retirement was too boring."

"What will I do now? Too many options to say! But I'll do it using Python, no doubt. And not just on Windows ... there's a ton of open source here. [en Microsoft]".

A trajectory that refuses to continue growing

Van Rossum created Python in 1991 and he was guiding its evolution for no less than three decades, humorously claiming for himself the title of "Benevolent Dictator for Life" from the Python Software Foundation.

After managing to place Python as one of the most popular computer languages ​​of the moment, in mid-2018 announced that he would take a "permanent vacation" and that he would leave the project in the hands of his community of developers.

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But he did all of this in his spare time: As a professional he had been working since 2013 (after leaving Google) for Dropbox, a platform whose first lines of code had been written in Python.

Then, in October 2019, when he was already 63 1/2 years old, decided that it was time for his "official retirement". But boredom has managed to get him out of it ... and Microsoft's 180º turn with respect to free software seems to have turned out to be key for Van Rossum to find his place there.

A Microsoft spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company does not have any additional details to share other than confirming the news:

"We are excited to have him as part of the Developer Division. Microsoft is committed to helping and growing the Python community, and the addition of Guido is a reflection of that commitment."

Via | TechCrunch

Image | Guido van Rossum