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Geeks404.com: Introduction to Python

May 30, 2000, 19:07 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Booss)

[ Thanks to BeOpen for this link. ]

"You've probably heard about Python, whether it's been a brief glimpse at an online article or browsing through a book, Python is gaining popularity rapidly. More developers are switching from other languages, such as Perl and Tcl, to Python. What is all the fuss about? Object oriented programming (OOP). Primarily, OOP lets programmers create reusable modules giving them greater flexibility and efficiency. One of the main attractions to Python is it's ability to deal with object oriented code, similar to C++ and Java. Whether you're coming from a heavy Unix C/C++ programming background, or you're new to programming, Python is a great choice for a wide variety of applications. Its syntax is clear and precise, and while similar to Perl, Python is simpler. If you're looking for a powerful yet easy solution to any kind of task, Python will soon be your native tongue."

"The Python interpreter is available for many operating systems, including most Unix flavors, GNU/Linux, Windows 95/98 and NT (Intel), Macintosh, OS/2, Amiga, BeOs, QNX, VMS, Psion, Windows CE, RISC OS, VxWorks, and finally Windows NT for Alpha processors. Some of these ports are still under development, but most major operating systems have stable releases at this time. For all other operating systems, you should check the Python web site, and see if someone is porting Python to your OS and then download a copy of Python."

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