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Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language


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Software engineer Pablo Galindo discusses the evolution of the Python programming language.

Credit: Python.org

The Python programming language, which has never been more popular, arguably thanks to the rise of data science and AI projects in the enterprise, officially turned 30 years old on February 20.

One of the five members of the 2021 Python Steering Council within the Python Software Foundation is Pablo Galindo, a software engineer at Bloomberg, who spoke with VentureBeat about the inherent challenges of enabling a language to grow and evolve without sacrificing backward compatibility.

This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

VentureBeat: How did you first get involved with Python?

Pablo Galindo: I was doing my first year of [my] PhD when I was in Granada. My background is in physics. I used to simulate black holes. The code that normally goes into simulations is compiled in C and C++. Python was a fantastic language to kind of wrap simulation code. I very quickly fell in love with the syntax and the power that it has.

 

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