A Conversion with Guido van Rossum
The full set of interviews done with Guido back in July are now available.
- In Part I: The Making of Python, van Rossum describes Python's history, major influences, and design goals.
- In Part II: Python's Design Goals, van Rossum talks about Python's original design goals—how he originally intended Python to "bridge the gap between the shell and C," and how it eventually became used on large-scale applications.
- In Part III: Programming at Python Speed, van Rossum discusses the source of Python's famed programmer productivity and the joys of exploring new territory with code.
- In Part IV: Contracts in Python, van Rossum discusses the nature of contracts in a runtime typed programming language such as Python.
- In Part V: Strong versus Weak Typing, van Rossum discusses the robustness of systems built with strongly and weakly typed languages, the value of testing, and whether he'd fly on an all-Python plane.
- In Part VI: Designing with the Python Community, van Rossum discusses the importance of "pythonic" API design, the usefulness of intuiting performance, the value of experience and community feedback in design decisions, and the process of deciding how to evolve Python's standard library.