Python Creator Joins Microsoft

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  • November 12, 2020
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Guido Van Rossum.
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Guido van Rossum, a Dutch programmer that’s best-known for creating the popular Python programming language, has joined software giant Microsoft in its Developer Division. He announced his move to Microsoft in a recent Twitter post, stating that he’ll “make using Python better for sure” at the company. Van Rossum has taken the role of ‘Distinguished Engineer’ at Microsoft, a high-level role that’s usually reserved for a few numbers of personnel in the low double-digits. 

Before now, Van Rossum seemingly retired from the usual work-life after spending six years at cloud storage company Dropbox as a high-level engineer. He joined Dropbox in 2013 and left just last year with a statement of retirement. As indicated by his recent tweet, he “decided that retirement was boring” and joined another software company.

Van Rossum is a renowned programmer who created the Python programming language in the early 1990s. After creating the programming language, he bestowed the title of “Benevolent dictator for life (BDFL)” over it upon himself and helped manage it for years before formally giving up that role in 2018.

Before working for Dropbox, Van Rossum held different roles at firms including Google, Zope, and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He’s now joined Microsoft as one of the company’s few ‘Distinguished Engineers’, hinting that he may work on open-source software at the company.

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