From the Back Cover
Characterized by ease of use, richness of expression, and concise syntax, Python has remained a premier programming language for more than a decade, and is used by novices and professionals alike. In particular, its close relationship to Java makes the two languages, when used in combination, ideal for Web and distributed enterprise application development.
This tutorial begins with coverage of some of the basics of Python programming. Using plenty of skill-building exercises and interactive programming sessions, this book will help those new to programming develop an understanding of concepts and practical techniques. For experienced programmers, the book demonstrates Python's breadth of capabilities and shows the ways that Python interfaces with Java APIs for professional application development.
Python Programming with the Java Class Libraries: A Tutorial for Building Web and Enterprise Applications with Jython covers important topics such as:
- Fundamental programming concepts, including statements, expressions, interpreters, and compilers
- Python basics, including operators, string formatting, namespaces, classes, errors, and exceptions
- Object-oriented programming concepts
- File input/output
- Python's intrinsic functions
- Formatting, parsing, and manipulating strings
- Interfacing with the Java APIs and working with Java Streams
- Using Python and Java Swing to create GUIs
- Working with SQL and JDBC
- Python and Java applets
In addition, the book contains instructions for downloading and installing the Python language and the Java Development Kit (JDK). Terminology, definitions, explanations, and numerous code samples make this book a useful learning experience.
Whether you are a sophisticated computer user new to programming or a serious application developer, Python Programming with the Java Class Libraries will give you insight into the power of Python and the know-how to put it to work.
About the Author
Richard Hightower is the CTO at Trivera Technologies, a global training and consulting company that focuses on Enterprise Java Development. He leads the adoption of new processes including extreme programming, and helps implement coding standards and guidelines for development. He has created an extensible caching mechanism for caching JSPs, XSLTs, and JDBC results and a pluggable XSLT engine framework. Formerly the senior software engineer for Java Architecture at Intel's Enterprise Architecture Lab, Rick is a frequent contributor to Java Developer's Journal magazine and the coauthor of Java Tools for Extreme Programming (Wiley, 2001). At Intel, he led his team of developers in the design and implementation of three-tier, client-server applications; introduced O-O CASE tools; and created several frameworks using a variety of Java, COM, CORBA, and middleware technologies. Rick also created ICBeans and authored the patent application for this technology, which was awarded to Intel. A software engineer at heart, he specializes in development tools and processes, and developing enterprise applications using J2EETM, XML, UML, CORBA, JDBC, SQL, and Oracle technologies.