Interview at

Written by Adrian Holovaty on January 1, 2008

Yesterday, I was interviewed over IM by Fabio Akita, a Web developer from Brazil. We had a good conversation about Python, Django and other various things, and Fabio has posted the transcript. There's also a Portuguese translation.


Posted by Nicco on January 1, 2008, at 9:58 p.m.:

I read the interview earlier today. Very nice reading. Very interesting about flaming and trolling and embracing technology. More of that in the open source world!

Posted by Mason on January 2, 2008, at 12:15 a.m.:

Good stuff. My favorite part:

"Why do you need an arbitrary number assigned to the product? Many people are using the current version, so don’t hold back. Version numbers are pretty meaningless."

Because in the Rails world, x.0 means you can break backwards-compatibility, which frightens me. But if that's not the same with Django, well gosh-darnit, I'll give it a go.

Happy New Year.

Posted by AkitaOnRails on January 2, 2008, at 4:43 a.m.:

You can call it one of my 2008 New Year Resolution: to consciously avoid trolling and promoting integration between communities. My being Ruby on Rails doesn't mean that I disregard Django, that's the opposite: I wish we had some of the great things you have. Hopefully we will learn from you. There a number of circumstances holding me in the Rails world and taste is one of them. Can't argue taste :-) But you guys are doing a tremendous job! Kudos to all pythonists.

Posted by Rex on January 21, 2008, at 11:06 p.m.:

"We immediately fell in love with Python. And when I say “immediately,” I really do mean it. It was like a revelation, some sort of divine moment. It was the programming equivalent of love at first sight."

Love your statement as i m big fan of Python.In my case i always follow the rule "You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you."

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