[python-committers] Transfer of power

Tim Peters tim.peters at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 14:21:02 EDT 2018

[Antoine Pitrou]

> > That might be a minority view, but I don't think anyone except Guido

> > would be legitimate as a Python BDFL.  Not even Tim or Barry ;-)

A majority view is probably an incorrect view anyway.

If Barry had been BDFL all along, only features useful to Mailman would
have gotten in ;-)

If I had been,

- generators would have been in the language years earlier

- but `async` gimmicks still wouldn't be in

- ternary `if` would not have been added (too little bang for the buck)

- assignment expressions either (yup, I want them!  but I wouldn't have had
the guts to persevere against such intense community opposition)

- etc etc etc

The details don't matter.  The point is that, at heart, Python is what it
is because Guido is who he is.  No matter what we do when he steps down,
Python will change in a fundamental way.

_Now_ is the time to spread FUD via republishing Stroustrup's essay on the
Vasa ;-)
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