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I've seen quite an evolution over the past 3.4 years I've been using Julia and the 4 JuliaCon's I've attended so far. Back at the 2015 JuliaCon, a number of us "older" professional programmers felt like we should stage a palace coup, because it did feel like the input of people who had "been around the block" a few times was not really valued. That's changed quite a lot (maybe because in the intervening years many of the core contributors have gotten their Ph.D.s and are having to live off their blood, sweat, and tears (plus lots of joy, to be sure) of producing things with Julia that people will actually pay money for). Yes, it was young and brash, but those awkward years seem to be past, and I feel the future of Julia is quite bright.

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