Python: Goals of the creator

Who created Python?


In 1999, Guido van Rossum defined his goals for Python:

  • an easy and intuitive language just as powerful as those of the major competitors;
  • open source, so anyone can contribute to its development;
  • code that is as understandable as plain English;
  • suitable for everyday tasks, allowing for short development times.

About 20 years later, it is clear that all these intentions have been fulfilled. Some sources say that Python is the third-most popular programming language in the world, while others claim it’s the fifth.

Either way, it still occupies a high rank in the top ten of the TIOBE Programming Community Index.

Python isn’t a young language. It is mature and trustworthy. It’s not a one-hit wonder. It’s a bright star in the programming firmament, and time spent learning Python is a very good investment.


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