What is Python?
<p> Python is an agile object-oriented programming language that is continuing to build momentum... popular with Win32 programmers because of its ease of creating COM clients plus IronPython for the .NET world, Jython for Java developers, and always popular with the LAMP and Linux/*BSD/Solaris/MacOS X crowd for applications and web development -- especially for Python's frameworks that compete with Rails: Django (including Google App Engine), TurboGears, Pylons, Zope and Plone (all RIA platforms), plus Trac and Mailman, the wiki+issue-tracker and popular mailing list manager, respectively. Web developers know about JSON already, but did you know that it maps nearly identically to Python's dictionary/hash type? Of course Python can do XML/ReST/XSLT, multithreading, SQL/databases, GUIs, hardcore math/science, Internet client/server systems and networking (heard of Twisted?), GIS/ESRI, QA/test, automation frameworks, plus system administration tasks too! Python can also be found at the heart of the OLPC. If Python doesn't do what you want, you can extend it in C/C++, Java, or C# (and even VB.NET)! Have you noticed the huge growth in the number of jobs on Monster and Dice that list Python as a desired skill? </p><br><p> Python can do everything Java, C/C++/C#, Ruby, PHP, and Perl can do, but it's much easier and more fun! You can code as fast as you think! Because of Python's simple yet robust syntax, it's a great tool to teach programming (heard of Alice before?) with as well as a solid (first) language to learn for non-programmers and other technical staff. Come find out why Google, Yahoo!, Disney, Cisco, YouTube, BitTorrent, LucasFilm/ILM, NASA, Ubuntu, Slide, and Red Hat all use Python! This seminar is designed by Wesley Chun, software engineer, technical trainer, and author of Prentice-Hall's bestseller "Core Python Programming" (corepython.com), its video training course "Python Fundamentals" LiveLessons DVD (corepython.com/pf), and co-author of "Python Web Development with Django" (withdjango.com), for those wanting to find out what Python is all about!</p>
WESLEY J. CHUN, MSCS, is the author of Prentice Hall's bestselling "Core Python" series (corepython.com), the "Python Fundamentals" video lectures, coauthor of "Python Web Development with Django" (withdjango.com), and has also written for Linux Journal, CNET, and InformIT. In addition to being a software architect and Developer Advocate at Google, he also runs CyberWeb (cyberwebconsulting.com), a consultancy specializing in Python training & engineering. Wesley has over 25 years of programming, teaching, and writing experience, including more than a decade of Python. While at Yahoo!, he helped create Yahoo!Mail & Yahoo! People Search using Python. Wesley has taught at Google, Cisco, VMware, Avaya, Hitachi, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, & Foothill College. He's found frequently on the global conference circuit and holds degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music from the University of California.
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