The Python programming language, Guido van Rossum‘s Magnum Opus, is the only surviving and successful programming language not backed by a company. Started in the late 1980s, the discipline of van Rossum was the major factor for its existence through the early years. Its popularity exploded with the 2.0 release, featuring garbage collection and a revamped development process using Sourceforge that provided a significant increase of write accesses to more people than were before allowed with CVS. In this video, we appreciate the deep impact of those decisions starting at 2:50.


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