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Inside the effort to refine one of the world’s most popular programming languages

In most respects, Pablo Galindo is a software engineer like any other, but for one significant distinction: he holds a position on the council in charge of steering one of the world’s most popular programming languages, python.

For almost three decades, all revisions and additions to the language were personally vetoed by its creator, Guido van Rossum, who was affectionately known as the Benevolent Dictator for Life (BDFL).

But since 2018, this role has been fulfilled by the five members of the Python Steering Council instead. The first line-up featured van Rossum himself, but he has since handed over the reins to a different selection of developers, including Galindo, with new members elected after each major release.

Pablo Galindo, sitting member of the Python Steering Council. (Image credit: Pablo Galindo)

“The Python Steering Council attempts to reflect the decisions of the community, weighing up all the advantages and disadvantages [of each proposal],” explained Galindo, who has held his seat for the last 18 months or so.

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