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History of Python


Python is a fairly old language created by Guido Van Rossum. The design began in the late 1980s and was first released in February 1991.

Why was Python created?

In late 1980s, Guido Van Rossum was working on the Amoeba distributed operating system group. He wanted to use an interpreted language like ABC (ABC has simple easy-to-understand syntax) that could access the Amoeba system calls. So, he decided to create a language that was extensible. This led to design of a new language which was later named Python.

Why the name Python?

No. It wasn’t named after a dangerous snake. Rossum was fan of a comedy series from late seventies. The name “Python” was adopted from the same series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.

Release Dates of Different Versions

Version Release Data
Python 1.0 (first standard release)
Python 1.6 (Last minor version)
January 1994
September 5, 2000
Python 2.0 (Introduced list comprehensions)
Python 2.7 (Last minor version)
October 16, 2000
July 3, 2010
Python 3.0 (Emphasis on removing duplicative constructs and module)
Python 3.5 (Last updated version)
December 3, 2008
September 13, 2015

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