Python History

Python was developed by Guido Van Rossum. Guido Van Rossum is a computer programmer from Haarlem, Netherlands. He is known as the creator of Python.

On Wednesday, 20th February, 1991, Python was first appeared. The first version of Python was Python 0.9.0. In this version, Python has functions, classes with inheritance, exception handling, and the core types such as list, str, dict, etc. and some more features.

On the launch of Python 1.0 in the first month of 1994, new features comes into picture, those were lambda, map, filter, and reduce. Features like this, gives the immediate boost to the language. Later, some more features were added on the launch of newer versions.

Note - While writing this article, the latest is Python 3.10.1, released on the date of 6 Dec, 2021.

Python was mainly developed as a successor of ABC language. That is, Guido Van Rossum was inspired by ABC of course, and was think to develop his own language. Therefore, Python comes into picture. And the history is, in front of the whole world.

But while creating a book, an author takes care of multiple topics from multiple books to cover all the things in efficient way. In similar way, to develop a language too, the developer/creator needs to take care of multiple languages to implement as more features as the language needs to make it more famous and useful. Therefore, here are some of the languages, Python was influenced by:

  • ABC
  • C
  • C++
  • Algol-68
  • Modula-3
  • SmallTalk
  • Unix shell
  • other scripting languages

In all the above programming languages that helps in developing a new language named Python, ABC is the language that is said to be the predecessor of Python.

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