This week's book giveaway is in the General Computing forum. We're giving away four copies of Arduino in Action and have Martin Evans, Joshua Noble, and Jordan Hochenbaum on-line! See this thread for details.
Originally posted by Ali Gilani: What exactly is python? what is it used for?
Python is a byte-compiled, interpreted scripting language down the lines of Perl or Ruby. it's perhaps most popular on Unix-like operating systems, but i know from experience it works just fine on Windows too. it's used for a lot of things - web development, rapid application development, prototyping, glue code, GUIs on top of legacy apps, just for a few. oh yeah, and it's also a surprisingly good teaching language for teaching beginning programming and OOP concepts.
it's very much OO (in fact, myself, i happen to think it's more OO than Java), fairly high level (very nice to write in), dynamically and strongly typed, and good for interactive hacking (it's got an interactive toplevel you can actually get good work done in). it's also got a fairly well stocked standard library, with lots of modules for internet development, web development, numerical code, and GUI code, among other things. i like it, in case you couldn't tell.
why does google use it??
you'd have to ask Google. but if i had to guess, i'd say most likely because it's easy to learn, easy to use, and powerful.
better than jsp?
i wouldn't really know, since i don't know JSP, unfortunately. but i suspect the answer is, "it depends on what you want to use it for".