The Python programming language

I started programming with Fortran-66 and Algol-60 in the early 1970s and moved on to Ratfor and Pascal in the early 1980s. Since then I've tried a variety of other programming languages, but Pascal remained my favourite for a long time.

Python has been around for a decade, but I didn't discover it until 1999. Already it seems so pleasant and convenient that I've taken my books on other programming languages and put them away in the attic. Unlike Smalltalk, for instance, it's so easy to understand that I installed it for the first time and could almost immediately write small but useful programs with it.

Advantages of Python:

Some minor grumbles: