Distinguished Speaker Series with Guido van Rossum



  • Python: Building an Open Source Project and Community

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    Guido van RossumCreator of Python

    Co-hosted by the Computer History MuseumThe Institute for the FutureACM San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and CSPA

    In 1991, Guido van Rossum made his creation, the Python programming language, open source. Today, Python is one of the three "P-languages" which enjoy massive popularity among developers as part of the open source LAMP platform (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python). In this retrospective, Guido looks back on the early days of the Python community, describes its development into maturity, and explains why he is still having a good time after 13 years of herding cats.


    Speaker Bio: Guido van Rossum

    Guido van Rossum is the creator of Python, one of the major free scripting languages. He created Python in the early 1990s at CWI in Amsterdam, and is still actively involved in the development of the language.

    In 1995 he moved to the US; first to work for CNRI in Reston, VA as a researcher, then for Zope Corporation as Director of PythonLabs, and since 2003, after a move to the SF bay area, for Elemental Security.

    His home on the web is http://www.python.org/~guido/.

    The SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series presents people who have helped define our understanding of software: what it is, how it is developed, and the opportunities it affords. The series provides these noted figures a platform to grapple with the larger issues of the software industry, as viewed through the prism of their current work and interests.

    The theme for the 2004-2005 series of talks is "The Software Commons."

    Read more on the SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series and see a list of upcoming speakers!

    Event Logistics


    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium

    3333 Coyote Hill Road

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:00-7:00pm Registration/Networking & Light Snacks

    7:00-9:00pm Program




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    $25 Non-members

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