There's no doubt that Python, a 25-year-old open source, object-oriented dynamic language, has become a major tool for software developers in recent years. They love its programmer-friendliness, as well as its vast ecosystem of frameworks and libraries.
InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill spoke with Python's creator, Guido van Rossum, a principal engineer at Dropbox, about Python's performance, ecosystem, and prospects for both mobile development and the browser.
Van Rossum: That's still a tough platform to crack for us. Not as bad as the browser platform, as Python is actually capable of running on smartphones of all brands. You just have to find a few people who know exactly how to build a version of Python.
Unfortunately, the standard CPython source code almost, but not quite, compiles to a binary that runs correctly on an Android phone or iPhone. There are a number of people who are really interested in moving that forward and contributing patches and little things like how you check that you're on an Android platform. It's moving forward, though not as fast as I wish it would move forward. But then again, I'm not developing mobile apps myself, so I am not too motivated to dive into that myself. But I'm very happy to see that it's happening.
Van Rossum: There are better goals in life.
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