New Editor in Chief at Python Magazine

It’s time for a change at Python Magazine.

Editing a magazine like this every month is, not surprisingly, a huge amount of work. With the evolution and expansion of my duties at my day job (almost everyone at MTA is part-time, even me), I’ve found less and less time available to dedicate to my editorial duties. It was a tough decision, but rather than let the quality of the magazine suffer from lack of attention I found someone to take over who will be able to devote the time necessary to keep up our high standards. I am very pleased to announce that, beginning with the March 2009 issue, Brandon Rhodes will assume the duties of Editor in Chief.

I met Brandon through PyATL, the Atlanta Python user group, where he frequently gives presentations and is now the lead organizer. After convincing him to write a couple of articles for us, I invited him to be an Associate Editor for the magazine. His work as an AE over the past year made him stand out as an excellent candidate to replace me. We’ve been working on the transition for a little while now, so I have no doubt it will go smoothly. I am looking forward to watching PyMag continue to thrive through Brandon’s skill and leadership.

This past year has been a great opportunity and a lot of fun. I want to thank MTA, and all the feature authors, columnists, editors, reviewers, as well as Arbi, Marco, and everyone else who worked with me. I’m proud of the work we’ve all done together!

I also want to thank our readers and the larger Python Community for their support. In the spirit of open source we have been welcomed warmly and enthusiastically over the past year, even though the magazine was a new enterprise and MTA was not widely known among Pythonistas. Your continued support (and writing) will help make Python Magazine a valuable resource for all of us, so keep those ideas and article submissions coming.

As for me, I plan to continue to contribute in smaller ways, such as an occasional article or column. I also have a long list of other projects that I have put aside for the past year, and it is time to pick up one or two of those and see what I can make of them. If you’re interested, keep an eye on this blog for updates.