Guido van Rossum
|Guido van Rossum|
Van Rossum at OSCON 2006
31 January 1956 |
|Alma mater||University of Amsterdam|
|Occupation||Computer programmer, author|
|Known for||Python programming language|
|Children||Orlijn Michiel Knapp-van Rossum|
|Awards||Award for the Advancement of Free Software (2001)|
Guido van Rossum (born 31 January 1956) is a Dutch computer programmer who is best known as the author of the Python programming language. In the Python community, Van Rossum is known as a "Benevolent Dictator For Life" (BDFL), meaning that he continues to oversee the Python development process, making decisions where necessary. He was employed by Google since 2005 until 7 December 2012, where he spent half his time developing the Python language. In January 2013, Van Rossum started working with Dropbox.
Van Rossum was born and grew up in the Netherlands, where he received a masters degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Amsterdam in 1982. He later worked for various research institutes, including the Dutch Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam, the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Maryland, and the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), Reston, Virginia.
Personal life 
Guido van Rossum is the brother of Just van Rossum, a type designer and also a programmer. Just van Rossum designed the typeface that is used in the "Python Powered" logo. Guido lives in California with his American wife, Kim Knapp, and their son, Orlijn.
While working at the Stichting Mathematisch Centrum (CWI), Guido van Rossum wrote and contributed a glob() routine to BSD Unix in 1986. Van Rossum also worked on the development of the ABC programming language.
About the origin of Python, Van Rossum wrote in 1996:
Over six years ago, in December 1989, I was looking for a "hobby" programming project that would keep me occupied during the week around Christmas. My office ... would be closed, but I had a home computer, and not much else on my hands. I decided to write an interpreter for the new scripting language I had been thinking about lately: a descendant of ABC that would appeal to Unix/C hackers. I chose Python as a working title for the project, being in a slightly irreverent mood (and a big fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus).
In 2000 he further wrote:
Computer Programming for Everybody 
In 1999, van Rossum submitted a funding proposal to DARPA called Computer Programming for Everybody, in which he further defined his goals for Python:
- an easy and intuitive language just as powerful as major competitors
- open source, so anyone can contribute to its development
- code that is as understandable as plain English
- suitability for everyday tasks, allowing for short development times
Arguably, several of these ambitions have since been realized. Python has grown to become a popular programming language. For example, as of November 2011, it is the 3rd most popular language on the GitHub.com social coding website, and according to a programming language popularity survey it is consistently amongst the top 10 most mentioned languages in job postings. Additionally, it is consistently in the top 10 most popular languages according to the TIOBE Programming Community Index.
Mondrian (Google software) 
Working for Google, Van Rossum developed Mondrian, a code review system internally used by the Google company. The code is web based and primarily based on Python.
- Van Rossum received the 2001 Award for the Advancement of Free Software from the Free Software Foundation (FSF) at the 2002 FOSDEM conference in Brussels, Belgium.
- Guido received a NLUUG Award in May 2003.
- In 2006 he was recognized as a Distinguished Engineer by the Association for Computing Machinery.
- Constine, Josh. "Dropbox Hires Away Google’s Guido Van Rossum, The Father Of Python". Techcrunch. Retrieved 12/7/2012.
- Guido van Rossum - CodeCall Programming Wiki[dead link]
- (Python-Dev) Happy Birthday, Guido!, Guido van Rossum, January 31 17:00:29 CET 2007, Python-Dev mailing list
- "Benevolent dictator for life". Linux Format. 2005-02-01. Retrieved 2007-11-01.[dead link]
- Python Creator Guido van Rossum now working at Google, December 21, 2005, by Jeremy Jones - O'Reilly ONLamp Blog
- Mondrian Google Mondrian: web-based code review and storage, November 30, 2006, Niall Kennedy's Weblog
- Code Reviews at Google, 8 June 2010, Bogle’s Blog[dead link]
- (Python-Dev) Guido and Kim married, Ken Manheimer, 6 June 2000, Python-Dev -- Python core developers
- Guido van Rossum - Brief Bio
- (Mailman-Announce) forwarded message from Guido van Rossum, "Oh, and to top it all off, I'm going on vacation. I'm getting married and will be relaxing on my honeymoon."
- What's New in Python?, "Not your usual list of new features", Stanford CSL Colloquium, October 29, 2003; BayPiggies, November 13, 2003, Guido van Rossum, Elemental Security
- 'Globbing' library routine
- File::Glob - Perl extension for BSD glob routine - search.cpan.org
- Foreword for "Programming Python" (1st ed.)
- [Python-Dev] SETL (was: Lukewarm about range literals)
- GitHub.com Top Languages
- Programming Language Popularity
- TIOBE Programming Community Index for November 2011, , November 2011
- Guido van Rossum (May 2008). "An Open Source App: Rietveld Code Review Tool". Retrieved 2012-08-24. "... the internal web app, which I code-named Mondrian after one of my favorite Dutch painters"
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Guido van Rossum|
- Guido van Rossum's homepage
- Neopythonic (New Weblog)
- All Things Pythonic (Old Weblog)
- The History of Python Guido's blog on the History of Python and design decisions
- Computer Programming for Everybody
- Interview with Guido van Rossum on FLOSS Weekly
- Computerworld Interview with Guido van Rossum on Python
- Google App Engine — Run your web applications on Google's infrastructure — technical talk on Google App Engine given by Guido van Rossum at Stanford University. (online video archive)