Python pandas creator Wes McKinney has joined Posit as a principal architect, a move that signals the company’s increasing seriousness about being a key player in the Python universe as well as the R ecosystem.
“I will advocate for the needs of the PyData ecosystem in Posit’s work as well as continue advancing critical open-source initiatives,” McKinney wrote in a blog post Monday. Along with being known for the pandas data analysis library, McKinney has worked on other open-source projects including Apache Arrow, Apache Parquet, and Ibis. He is also a co-founder of Voltron Data, which focuses on composable enterprise data systems.
McKinney’s move highlights a continued expansion of mission for Posit, a company once known as RStudio with a primary focus on the R programming language and its popular RStudio IDE. The company changed its name last year, pledging not to forsake R but to help data science practitioners and teams who use both R and Python.
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