Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Meet the Team: Benjamin Peterson

This post is part of the "Meet the Team" series of posts, which is meant to give a brief introduction to the Python core development team.
Name:Benjamin Peterson
Location:Minnesota, USA
Home Page:

How long have you been using Python?

3.5 years.

How long have you been a core committer?

Exactly 3 years this March 25th.

How did you get started as a core developer? Do you remember your first commit?

My first proposal was personally rejected by Guido himself. Luckily, I persisted and got some patches accepted. I believe my first commit was reordering the Misc/ACKS file.

Which parts of Python are you working on now?

I like the parser, compiler, and interpreter core, but I've been known to dabble in just about every part of core Python development... except Windows!

What do you do with Python when you aren't doing core development work?

I use it to implement a Python interpreter (! Truly, I'm a Python implementor at heart. :) I am the creator of six (, a Python 2 and 3 compatibility library.

What do you do when you aren't programming?

Compose music, play clarinet, and read math books. I do a little hiking now and then, too.