Python is the other scripting language that starts with "P". It was named for Monty Python, the comedy troupe, and references to their skits and films (most commonly to "Spam") appear frequently in Python programs. Highly popular with Linux users and in the open source community in general, Python has a number of advantages over other languages like Java and Perl, some of which will be covered in this article.
Do you work in C, C++, or Java on large projects? This article shows how Python will give you results quicker and more reliably. Are you already scripting in a language other than Python? You'll want to see how Python's careful engineering offers an easy-to-use, interactive, clean, object-oriented, extensible, scalable language. Whatever programming you're doing now, Python can improve it.