February 6, 2002
The Frank Willison Award Winner Announced
Alexandria, VA--The Frank Willison Award for Contributions to the
Python Community was presented by O'Reilly & Associates and Foretec
Seminar at the Python 10 Conference today.
The Frank Willison Award is given to a person judged to have made an
outstanding contribution to the Python Community. The prize is a full
pass for the Python 11 Conference.
The Frank Willison Award is an annual award dedicated to the memory of
Frank Willison, O'Reillys editor-in-chief, whose own contributions to
the Python Community will be deeply missed.
The winner of this year's Frank Willison Award, Andrew Kuchling, was
selected by the PythonLabs group at Zope Corporation. "Besides being a
prolific programmer who has contributed to many corners of the Python
implementation (starting with his crypto toolkit), Andrew has done
numerous writing projects related to Python," says Guido van Rossum,
one of the Award's judges. "He's done interviews, columns, a series of
HOWTOs, and the wildly successful 'What's new in Python 2.x' series
(for Python 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2). Moreover, he helped to organize the
topics guides on www.python.org, he maintains the Python HOWTOs on
http://py-howto.sourceforge.net/, and he runs the Python bookstore at
"Contributions can encompass so much more than code," says Tim
O'Reilly, "A successful software community requires time, dedication,
communication, and education as well as elegant code. With the Frank
Willison Award, we hoped to acknowledge all of those things."
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