Guido van Rossum email@example.com wrote:
I would certainly like to see more applications from people interested in getting developer status, even if it means I'll have to do semi-formal "interviews" or reference checks myself. How can we encourage the good developers that exist to help?
Be careful what you ask for. Perhaps the developers you really want are going to seek you out anyway.
As a new member, let me take a bit of time to introduce myself:
I'm with a Lucent spinoff that makes communications ICs, and write drivers and other software to support them (not as simple as it sounds--these are BIG chips). But I started off in Bell Labs. I decided that was what I wanted to be when I got to meet the original group that wrote Unix (I was 11 at the time). Times have changed at AT&T (and now Lucent), though. But I digress...
My previous assignment involved writing development tools for our DSPs. I was peripherally involved with a GCC port for our DSP (a contract was in place when I joined the group), and I ported the BSD libraries (we wanted to avoid licensing issues with Gnu libs) and wrote the rest of the development tools (assembler, linker, archiver, and the like). I also got several software patents for my work (boo, hiss!). We were very involved with Tcl there, and used it extensively with our integrated debugger/simulator/ICE tool.
After I joined my current group, I discovered Python. I've been working with Python for a few years now, and I believe projects like Python are really becoming the technology leaders now. It's an exciting place to be. I've made many Python converts (once they get past the idea of using indents). [BTW, I had previous experience with a research language called FIT that used indents similarly. But again I digress...]
I joined this list after posting a few patches to the Python threading modules. This all started after I got my group to finally abandon Microsoft Developer Studio for in-house work and switch to Cygwin (one step closer to Linux!), only to discover that Cygwin Python didn't support threads. :-(
I'm still in lurker mode on this list, but expect to hear more from me in the future...
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