James Gosling, Vice President and Sun Fellow announced today as part of his session at Sun Tech Days in Sydney that Ted Leung, author, Apache Software Foundation (ASF) member and long-time Python developer at the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF), and Frank Wierzbicki, lead implementor of the Jython project (Python on the Java VM), will become Sun employees this month. They'll be working full-time on Python and Jython, respectively, and in particular paying attention to developer tools.
Python is a dynamic object-oriented programming language that is used for many kinds of software development, from web to desktop applications, running on a spectrum of operating systems as well as virtual machines. Python offers high developer productivity and ease of integration with other languages and tools and enjoys an avid user community. Like other dynamic languages, such as Ruby, Python has recently moved to the software mainstream, and many best-practices and tools remain to be invented.
This doesn't mean that we will be paying less attention to our efforts around other environments, including Java technology and Ruby. With contributions to the Ruby, JRuby, and Rails communities, Sun has also recently offered tooling support in the NetBeans IDE as well as optimized runtime environments in GlassFish (JRuby) and Solaris (Ruby). Sun thinks that the Python technology is worth investment and attention and we hope to become a member of the Python community and learn from the experience.
Sun is a platinum sponsor in the upcoming PyCon 2008 conference, including sponsorship of PyCon "sprints", where active development occurs in a variety of projects, including PyPy and Jython. In addition, Sun has recently submitted, for consideration, an application for membership in the Python Software Foundation (PSF).
Tim Bray has added a Python trivia question to his post, check it out.
Welcome aboard gentlemen!