At an age when most top programmers are enjoying their retirement, 64-year old Guido van Rossum decided “retirement was boring” and came back to work for — drumroll please — Microsoft. Van Rossum is best known as the creator of the popular open-source language Python. To say this move caught people by surprise is a vast understatement.
Microsoft, for one, though is delighted by his move. A Microsoft spokesperson said, “We’re excited to have him as part of the Developer Division. Microsoft is committed to contributing to and growing with the Python community, and Guido’s on-boarding is a reflection of that commitment.”
They should be. Van Rossum, who created Python in 1989 and became its Benevolent Dictator for Life (BDFL), is widely respected as one of open-source’s greatest programmers. Python is one of