Thank you, Guido | Dropbox Blog


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"But as the company grew, new engineers who joined couldn’t understand the code. Clever code is usually short and cryptic, written by and for the individual who came up with it, but is hard for anyone else to understand—and nearly impossible to maintain. Guido called this “cowboy coding culture”. He recognized its value in our early stages of trying to implement things quickly, but knew it wouldn’t be sustainable over time, so he decided to speak up in his own quiet way."
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14 days ago by tima
“When asked, I would give people my opinion that maintainable code is more important than clever code,” he said. “If I encountered clever code that was particularly cryptic, and I had to do some maintenance on it, I would probably rewrite it. So I led by example, and also by talking to other people.”

Guido also had a big impact on our development organization by increasing engineers’ confidence in their testing culture. The team used continuous integration, which means every time a change to the code was submitted, a series of tests would run to make sure there were no problems with the new code. A lot of times the tests would fail, but half of those times, it was just a bad test. Two engineers in particular noticed how rarely the engineers would actually try to understand why the test was broken. As a way to improve the process, Guido joined their team to help fix all the broken tests (or delete them if they couldn't be fixed) and develop internal tools so that people who owned the tests could actually have an understanding of why they were broken.
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15 days ago by janpeuker
RT : 👉🏻 “Thank you, Guido”

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The creator of Python is leaving to retire. This is a lovely "thank you" by them.
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15 days ago by stilkov
👉🏻 “Thank you, Guido”

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The creator of Python is leaving to retire. This is a lovely "thank you" by them.
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15 days ago by piotrlewandowski
👉🏻 “Thank you, Guido”

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The creator of Python is leaving to retire. This is a lovely "thank you" by them.
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15 days ago by codepo8
After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement. From the beginning, we knew Guido would be…
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16 days ago by jrdodds
Guido van Rossum retirement article.
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16 days ago by axodys
Lots of great stuff in this blog post, but quote: “When asked, I would give people my opinion that maintainable code is more important than clever code,” he said. “If I encountered clever code that was particularly cryptic, and I had to do some maintenance on it, I would probably rewrite it. So I led by example, and also by talking to other people.”
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18 days ago by ajohnson1200
After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement. From the beginning, we knew Guido would be…
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19 days ago by flobosg
Thank you, Guido
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19 days ago by dlackty
“When asked, I would give people my opinion that maintainable code is more important than clever code,”
20 days ago by danhon
Guido 引退するのかぁ。
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20 days ago by summerwind
After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement. From the beginning, we knew Guido would be…
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20 days ago by artblanc
After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement. From the beginning, we knew Guido would be…
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20 days ago by dwuziu
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21 days ago by joewiz
After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement. From the beginning, we knew Guido would be a great addition to our company. In fact, his contributions to Dropbox date back to day one.
21 days ago by AnthonyBaker
After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement. From the beginning, we knew Guido would be…
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21 days ago by albinadev
‘Maintainable Code Is More Important Than Clever Code’
21 days ago by nimprojects
“When asked, I would give people my opinion that maintainable code is more important than clever code,” he said. “If I encountered clever code that was particularly cryptic, and I had to do some maintenance on it, I would probably rewrite it. So I led by example, and also by talking to other people.”
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21 days ago by dirtystylus
The Dropbox company blog, giving thanks to Python creator Guido van Rossum:

“There was a small number of really smart, really young coders who produced a lot of very clever code that only they could understand,” said van Rossum. “That is probably the right attitude to have when you’re a really small startup.”

But as the company grew, new engineers who joined couldn’t understand the code. Clever code is usually short and cryptic, written by and for the individual who came up with it, but is hard for anyone else to understand — and nearly impossible to maintain. Guido called this “cowboy coding culture”. He recognized its value in our early stages of trying to implement things quickly, but knew it wouldn’t be sustainable over time, so he decided to speak up in his own quiet way.

“When asked, I would give people my opinion that maintainable code is more important than clever code,” he said. “If I encountered clever code that was particularly cryptic, and I had to do some maintenance on it, I would probably rewrite it. So I led by example, and also by talking to other people.”

My very favorite quote along these lines is from Brian Kernighan: “Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?”

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21 days ago by rufous
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The Dropbox company blog, giving thanks to Python creator Guido van Rossum:

“There was a small number of really smart, really young coders who produced a lot of very clever code that only they could understand,” said van Rossum. “That is probably the right attitude to have when you’re a really small startup.”

But as the company grew, new engineers who joined couldn’t understand the code. Clever code is usually short and cryptic, written by and for the individual who came up with it, but is hard for anyone else to understand — and nearly impossible to maintain. Guido called this “cowboy coding culture”. He recognized its value in our early stages of trying to implement things quickly, but knew it wouldn’t be sustainable over time, so he decided to speak up in his own quiet way.

“When asked, I would give people my opinion that maintainable code is more important than clever code,” he said. “If I encountered clever code that was particularly cryptic, and I had to do some maintenance on it, I would probably rewrite it. So I led by example, and also by talking to other people.”

My very favorite quote along these lines is from Brian Kernighan: “Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?”

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21 days ago by josephschmitt
A very sincere and heartfelt thank you to the former [Benevolent Dictator for Life](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_dictator_for_life) (BDFL) of Python, [Guido van Rossum](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guido_van_Rossum), as a retires from Dropbox. Dropbox was pretty lucky to get someone of his background on their team, and reading how much Dropbox uses Python I suspect it was hugely beneficial to him to work with the language he created operating at such scale!
21 days ago by thingles
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22 days ago by davidpdrsn
Dropbox says Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving the company after six and a half years and heading into retirement
22 days ago by joeo10
RT : Guidoリタイアするのかー。63歳。良いな。
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22 days ago by rtanglao
After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement. From the beginning, we knew Guido would be a great addition to our company. In fact, his contributions to Dropbox date back to day one. via Pocket
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22 days ago by driptray
> “When asked, I would give people my opinion that maintainable code is more important than clever code,” he said. “If I encountered clever code that was particularly cryptic, and I had to do some maintenance on it, I would probably rewrite it. So I led by example, and also by talking to other people.”
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22 days ago by rmhogervorst
👏思った以上にいろいろ動いていた。すばらしい
23 days ago by knu
“After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement.”
23 days ago by shiflett
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Guido sounds _awesome_.
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23 days ago by joshpuetz
After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement. From the beginning, we knew Guido would be a great addition to our company. In fact, his contributions to Dropbox date back to day one. Thank you, Guido
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23 days ago by Agiza
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23 days ago by acdha
But as the company grew, new engineers who joined couldn’t understand the code. Clever code is usually short and cryptic, written by and for the individual who came up with it, but is hard for anyone else to understand—and nearly impossible to maintain. Guido called this “cowboy coding culture”. He recognized its value in our early stages of trying to implement things quickly, but knew it wouldn’t be sustainable over time, so he decided to speak up in his own quiet way.
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23 days ago by program247365
Python creator and steward is retiring from Dropbox
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23 days ago by nelson
After six and a half years, Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, is leaving Dropbox and heading into retirement. From the beginning, we knew Guido would be…
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23 days ago by kevinold
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23 days ago by mgrouchy