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O'Reilly Network: Python Roadmap

Oct 22, 2000, 18:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)

"How does Stackless Python fit into Python's future? To understand that, we first need to see where the Python programming language is headed."

"2000 will have been an eventful year for Python. The biggest news so far has been the westward shift of its developmental center-of-gravity."

"Guido van Rossum conceived Python at the end of 1989 while a researcher at the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica--CWI) in Amsterdam. Since 1995, the not-for-profit Corporation for National Research Initiatives, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, has employed him. At the end of May, though, "open-source applications portal" BeOpen.com hired van Rossum and several colleagues to construct PythonLabs within the Santa Clara-based BeOpen Network. PythonLabs headquarters remains in Reston."

"At the engineering level, version 1.5 in its various releases (1.5.2 was the last release of Python 1.5) remains current. There have been two recent follow-ups to 1.5. One is called 1.6, released in it's final form last month. The other is designated 2.0, and was just released this week. Many working programmers will find 1.6 and 2.0 indistinguishable for daily work...."

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