Python has very little to do with Eric Idle or John Cleese. It's an interpreted, object-oriented scripting language. Designed for clarity and simplicity, it's useful for creating large programs and for gluing pieces of other programs together. Keep reading to add Python to your personal programmer's toolkit.
While the rest of us were cuddled snugly in our beds, the crackling fireplace keeping us nice and warm as we dreamed of the visit from our old pal Saint Nick in the upcoming week, Guido van Rossum was fretting about his week off from work and wondering what he should do with it. He went through several scenarios: spend it with his family? No, that would not do. Volunteer at a kitchen to feed the needy? No, no. How about dressing in a Santa Claus outfit and making some extra loot letting children sit on your lap and cry all day at your horrifying appearance? Tempting, yes.
In the end however, van Rossum decided to create a programming language. He had worked on the programming language ABC (great now that Jackson 5 song is stuck in my head) and wanted to create a descendant of it. Possibly feeling a bit suggestible from an overdose of holiday cheer, he may have kicked back to watch an episode of his favorite show, Monty Python's Flying Circus -- or maybe not. Either way, he named the language Python. And the rest, is history.
I Didn't Expect the Spanish Inquisition!
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