"After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of , is leaving Dropbox and heading into ."

<friendly wave> I hope he enjoys it! (And I bet he'll still be around...)


The Software Foundation announces changes to the PSF's to harmonize it with 's, as well as their new reporting and enforcement guidelines.


Here's a 13-minute video on a new discovery, part of a series on expressing numbers as the sum of three cubes. It's long been known that 3 = 1**3 + 1**3 + 1**3, and also 3 = 4**3 + 4**3 + (-5)**3. These are small, single-digit numbers.

Now a computer search has found that 3 = 569936821221962380720**3 + (-569936821113563493509)**3 + (-472715493453327032)**3. (You can paste that expression into your interpreter to verify it!)


Weekly News: Escape sequences in strings: should the Python interpreter continue to magically fix up invalid string escape sequences?


I like the community's open attitude when selecting talks. Benno Rice's talk from AU on the history of is a good example; it's both entertaining and educational.

"COBOL was one of the first business-oriented programming languages, showing up in the 1960s. It’s also regarded as one of the worst languages in which to work. But is that true? And if so, what could ever take its place as the most reviled thing in development?"


"A New Era in ", by Shauna Gordon-McKeon: explains the new steering-council model that Python will be
following, and the selection process that was used to settle on that model.


"PEP 572: The Walrus Operator", by Dustin Ingram: discusses the the PEP process, 3.8's new 'name := expr' operator, the reaction, and the result of Guido van Rossum stepping down as BDFL. (23min)


Łukasz Langa on the Black formatter for code. The talk goes into some detail on concrete syntax trees & Black's implementation of formatting, which may be too esoteric if you're just interested in using Black, but wraps up with some brief tips on usage.


Happily, videos are beginning to show up on Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCxs2IIVXa.

So far it's mostly the three-hour , and some shorter talks that were probably from Friday (yesterday).

LWN: The state of the OSU Open Source Lab

Summary of a conference talk about the State OSL, which hosts a wide variety of projects, both for organizations like the , , and Software Foundations, and for individual projects such as mutt.

You don't hear a lot about the OSL, but I donate money to them every year.


I do and programming for Aledade, a healthcare in . Mostly I work remotely from my home in , out in the DC suburbs.


For people who care about, support, or build Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS).