After Hiring Creator of Python VS Code Tool, Microsoft Hires Creator of Python
Microsoft is pursuing its prominent Python push in a big way, hiring the creator of the popular programming language, Guido van Rossum.
We first reported Microsoft’s going “all in” on Python several years ago, a strategy capped off by hiring software engineer Don Jayamanne, who created a Python extension for Visual Studio Code that became the most popular tool in the VS Code Marketplace by far. How popular? As of this writing, it has been downloaded more than 27.6 million times and received an average rating of 4.4 (0-5 scale) from 349 reviews. Those 27.6 million downloads dwarf the second-most popular tool, C/C++, at 15.4 million.
Microsoft took over the VS Code Python project as its own after hiring Jayamanne and subsequently put out a hiring call in search of more Python developers.
With news breaking last week that Microsoft hired van Rossum, the company seemingly has culminated its embrace of Python, known