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About David M. Beazley
I've been programming computers of various sorts for more than 25 years. For the most part, I would consider myself to be a die-hard C programmer although I have to admit that I also really like assembly language programming. Oddly enough, however, I'm probably best known for my work with the Python programming language. I first came across Python in 1996 when I was writing high-performance software for supercomputers. At the time, I became interested in using it as a control-language for interfacing with software components written in C. As a result, I wrote some tools to simplify this process and became fairly active in the Python community. Python is definitely my language of choice for doing just about everything that would be annoyingly tedious to do in C.
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