Panel Discussion

Guido van Rossum
Python Benevolent Dictator For Life

The panel discussion will feature Guido van Rossum, Mike Williams, Jose Valim and John Hughes and will be moderated by Bruce Tate. We'll start by asking each inventor about their approach when creating their languages:

  • What problem did the language they invented solve?
  • What decisions made the biggest impact on that solution?
  • What are the consequences of those decisions?

This opening will lead to a Q&A discussion on what the language inventors got right and what they would do differently today if given the chance to start again. Don't miss this opportunity to learn directly from language creators!


Guido van Rossum is the author of the Python programming language. He continues to serve as the "Benevolent Dictator For Life" (BDFL), meaning that he continues to oversee the Python development process, making decisions where necessary. He is currently working at Dropbox and has previously worked for Google, Elemental Security, Zope Corporation,, CNRI, CWI, and SARA.

Twitter: @gvanrossum


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