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JB
It seems that our master Guido van Rossum had an offer from google and
he accepted it!!

long life to Guido & Goole ! many things to come ;)

ju˛
Dec 21 '05 #1
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That's potentially very good news. (Or slightly sinister -depending on
your paranoia levels).

You got any references on that ?

I was just thinking that the open source offerings from google are
actually pretty pitiful - considering the time investment they have put
into developing software systems. (Summer of Code not-withstanding of
course).

I wonder if this heralds google finally upgrading from Python 2.2 ;-)

All the best,

Fuzzyman
http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/index.shtml

Dec 21 '05 #2
> It seems that our master Guido van Rossum had an offer from google and
he accepted it!!


Isn't Guido-Sans official title BDFL? *wink*

whatever, if it's true, congratulations and best wishes. Now there is
one *bot and the BDFL at google, we have still 3 bots in the wild, do
we?

Suggesting to name a Rigobot ....
Harald

Dec 21 '05 #3
Fuzzyman <fu******@gmail .com> wrote:
That's potentially very good news. (Or slightly sinister -depending on
your paranoia levels).

You got any references on that ?
I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).

I was just thinking that the open source offerings from google are
actually pretty pitiful - considering the time investment they have put
into developing software systems. (Summer of Code not-withstanding of
course).
The key technical person for opensource at Google isn't Guido and isn't
me -- rather, I'd focus on Greg Stein (whose contributions to open
source have been very wide-ranging, and who's been our engineering
manager for opensource for quite a while now... not a secret, you can
read about that on Greg's own blog). If you want more opensource from
us, he's most probably the best person to bug about it!-). I'm sure
that, being the chairman of the Apache Software Foundation (the VP of
the ASF is also a Google employee), he can bend your ears about that;-).

I wonder if this heralds google finally upgrading from Python 2.2 ;-)


We currently use multiple versions of Python, and I personally don't see
that changing overnight. But, we'll see.
Alex
Dec 21 '05 #4

Alex Martelli wrote:
Fuzzyman <fu******@gmail .com> wrote:
That's potentially very good news. (Or slightly sinister -depending on
your paranoia levels).

You got any references on that ?
I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).


Cool - pass on my regards and thanks to him. ;-)
I was just thinking that the open source offerings from google are
actually pretty pitiful - considering the time investment they have put
into developing software systems. (Summer of Code not-withstanding of
course).
The key technical person for opensource at Google isn't Guido and isn't
me -- rather, I'd focus on Greg Stein (whose contributions to open
source have been very wide-ranging, and who's been our engineering
manager for opensource for quite a while now... not a secret, you can
read about that on Greg's own blog). If you want more opensource from
us, he's most probably the best person to bug about it!-). I'm sure
that, being the chairman of the Apache Software Foundation (the VP of
the ASF is also a Google employee), he can bend your ears about that;-).


Well, employing key open-source personnel and supporting them in their
work *probably* counts as helping the open-source world.

OTOH they (you...) must have worked on/with tremendous systems - like
load balancing software as one example off the top of my head. I guess
these are the competitive edge of google - and also there is a lot of
work turning in house systems into 'released' ones, even if the will is
there.

Even so - the code that has been directly released by google is
relatively slender.
I wonder if this heralds google finally upgrading from Python 2.2 ;-)
We currently use multiple versions of Python, and I personally don't see
that changing overnight. But, we'll see.


I've no axe to grind on that one.

All the best,

Fuzzyman
http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/index.shtml
Alex


Dec 21 '05 #5

Alex Martelli wrote:
Fuzzyman <fu******@gmail .com> wrote:
That's potentially very good news. (Or slightly sinister -depending on
your paranoia levels).

You got any references on that ?


I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).


Tsk, tsk, all that brainpower sitting so close together. That's not the
way to do risk management! I think you should suggest scattering
resources worldwide... now, it just so happens that there's an empty
five floor building a block and a half from my home...

By the way, I hear that you've become collegues also with Matt Austern,
formerly of Apple, and Danny Thorpe, formerly of Borland. I guess we
mere mortals don't stand a chance of being hired, but if the trend
continues there are going to be a lot of very interesting positions
opening everywhere else :-)

Cheers,
Nicola Musatti

Dec 21 '05 #6
rbt
Alex Martelli wrote:
I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).


For Americans: 15 meters is roughly 50 feet.
Dec 21 '05 #7
rbt wrote:
Alex Martelli wrote:
I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).


For Americans: 15 meters is roughly 50 feet.


Well they could have used google for that ;-)
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

--
mph
Dec 21 '05 #8
Well, congrats to Google! I think they're the lucky ones, to get him,
and you, both. :-)

Dec 21 '05 #9
On Wed, Dec 21, 2005 at 01:36:42PM -0500, rbt wrote:
Alex Martelli wrote:
I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).


For Americans: 15 meters is roughly 50 feet.


Right, so that is about three and a half stone?

Dec 21 '05 #10

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