History Of Python Programming Language

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Python is right now one of the trending programming languages in 2020. Known for its simplistic, concise and modular approach, Python has grabbed a lot of market attention right from the beginning.

So let us dig deeper into the history and development of the programming language, Python.

History of Python

Python was first introduced by Guido Van Rossum in 1991 at the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, Netherlands.

Though the language was introduced in 1991, the development began in the 1980s. Previously van Rossum worked on the ABC language at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in the Netherlands.

The ABC language was capable of exception handling and interfacing with the Amoeba operating system. Inspired by the language, Van Rossum first tried out making his own version of it.

Including all the features of the ABC language like the simplicity, that he personally liked. Furthermore, he improved the other features that he didn’t like as well as put in some interesting ones.

This random project was started from the ABC language turned out to be the successor of the same.

Why the Name Python?

Python developer, Rossum always wanted the name of his new language to be short, unique, and mysterious.

Inspired by Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a BBC comedy series, he named it Python.

Version-Releases and Developments

  • Python 0.9.0 was the first version ever. Being a successor of the ABC language, Python 0.9.0 also came up with the concept of classes, lists, and strings. And more importantly, it included lambda, map, filter and reduce, which aligned it heavily to functional programming.
  • Python 1.2 was the last version developed by the CWI team. Consequently, Van Rossum moved to the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) in Reston, Virginia and worked on the project releasing a number of further improvements until Python 1.6.
  • In 2000, Guido van Rossum with other developers formed the BeOpen PythonLabs. Noteworthy, the BeOpen team released only one version of the language, the Python 2.0. After this, the Python Software Foundation (PSF), a non-profit organization, came into the scene and took the responsibility of Python Licenses, Fundraising, development, and management of the community as well as the PyCon conferences.
  • Python 3.0 was released in the month of December 2008. It included various changes over Python 2.0. The modification of the print statement was most noteworthy. Now it looks like ‘print()’.
  • With the release of further versions, Python is always getting bigger and better. The latest release was of the Python 3.8.1, which showed up in December of 2019.

Download and Install Latest Python Version on Windows/Linux/Mac

Since Python is open-source software. It is available for almost all Operating systems including Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.

To install Python in Linux, you can either make use of the repositories in Linux or download the package from the official website python.org.

The website will identify the operating system you’re on and offer you the right packages to download.

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