Talk:Guido van Rossum

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Spelling[edit]

Please stop changing the spelling of Guido's name back and forth. User:Hoopydink keeps reverting User:67.189.116.229 edits which are in fact correct. From Guido's website:

Spelling: my last name is two words, and I'd like keep it that way, the spelling on some of my credit cards notwithstanding. Dutch spelling rules dictate that when used in combination with my first name, "van" is not capitalized: "Guido van Rossum". But when my last name is used alone to refer to me, it is capitalized, for example: "As usual, Van Rossum was right."[1]

—Preceding unsigned comment added by Etienne.navarro (talkcontribs) 2006-08-10 00:28:21

Picture[edit]

Please replace the picture with the more recent one that's currently on my homepage. (I would do it myself but I'm still learning wikipedia edits and uploading pictures seems a dark art.) I have a hi-res version and an email from the photographer who allows me to give this photo to Wikipedia. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gvanrossum (talkcontribs) 2006-12-31 01:22:47

Computer Programming for Everybody[edit]

The section about Computer Programming for Everybody should be removed. The document does not state the goals for Python listed in the article. The funding proposal isn't even directly about Python but a set of tools and course material that uses Python as programming language for teaching programming. There is no claim that Python is "intuitive", none that the code is understandable as plain English nor that this is a goal. That Python is a powerful general programming language, suitable for everyday tasks, and used by programmers for rapid prototyping is not stated as a goal, but as established facts.

--Marrin (talk) 17:33, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Like me, Van Rossum enrolled in the University of Amsterdam in 1974. He was certainly not 14 years old at the time. He rather had the same age as the other students of his year: 18. So, I think he was born in 1956. This is certainly much closer to the truth than 1960

Stickelberger (talk) 08:06, 21 December 2009 (UTC)

Hi there, I'm not able to correctly edit the page, but I see Guido himself set his birth year to 1956, exactly here: http://neopythonic.blogspot.com/2011/07/before-python.html — Preceding unsigned comment added by 46.165.196.9 (talk) 10:24, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Possible see also[edit]

Could possibly go in the 'see also' of the main Python page, but not here - nothing directly to do with Guido. peterl (talk) 01:47, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
Looks like you did not read the page "I wrote Grail version 0.1 in less than two weeks, as a sort of demo; it consisted of under 2000 lines in 14 source files. It was released in August 1995., Guido van Rossum". Yes it should be mentioned in passing that Grail was written at a time when there were very few Web browsers and Grail helped enhance both python and Tcl/Tk from what I remember.. Cheers Rabo13 121.214.90.116 (talk) 07:11, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

Pronunciation[edit]

I would be nice if someone provided pronunciation of “Guido van Rossum” or a 1-2 seconds of .ogg pronunced by a native Dutch. --ChewbaccaKL (talk) 07:03, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

Copyedit tag[edit]

I've removed the copyedit tag. I can't see any glaring problems. There may be some minor grammatical improvements that can be made. Let me know here and I'll get them in. peterl (talk) 20:51, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

Personal Life / 'Python Powered' Typeface Attribution[edit]

This article currently states that """ Just van Rossum designed the typeface that is used in the "Python Powered" logo. """

This claim is posted without citation, yet upon investigation it seems that this fact is invalid. The Python Software Foundation asserts that the typeface/font used in the Python logo and the Python Powered logo is entitled 'Flux Regular.' An internet search for this typeface found two major industry vendors ( Monotype and Linotype ~ http://www.fonts.com/font/t-26/flux/regular ) who each retail this font with `design` attribution to `Monib Mahdavi` circa 1996.

Perhaps there was an older variant of the "Python Powered" logo for which the original assertion was valid, but at this time I cannot find any demonstrating evidence of that case. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.198.94.26 (talk) 00:12, 4 November 2014 (UTC)