Python

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Python

Python is a programming language developed by Guido Van Rossum and named after Monty Python's Flying Circus, of which he is a big fan.

Python is an object oriented, interpreted language whose strength lies in its legibility, extensibility and flexible variable handling. As well as being useful for system scripts, it is very popular for prototyping and even creating full GUI programs.

An example of popular software which uses Python is the Zope content management system.

Python is a classic example of the geekcentric nature of the Internet. Search for Python on Google and you'll find that the programming language comes top, ahead of both Monty Python's Flying Circus and indeed the python breed of snake. Similiarly, searching for Mandrake on Google returns Linux Mandrake as opposed to information about mandrake plants. Along the same lines, searching for Linux returns links to Red Hat instead of proper Linux distros.