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UNIX: The Complete Reference, Second Edition, 2nd Edition by Richard Rosinski, Douglas Host, Kenneth Rosen, Rachel Klee

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CHAPTER 23Python

Python is a scripting language. It was first released in 1991 by Guido van Rossum, who is still actively involved in maintaining and improving the language. Python is open source and runs on virtually all UNIX variants, including Linux, BSD, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, and Mac OS X, as well as on Windows. (There’s even a version of Python for the PSP.) Python has been gaining popularity ever since it was released, and although Perl is still more widely used, it is certainly one of the most popular scripting languages. One reason for its popularity is the large set of libraries available for Python, including interfaces for writing graphical applications, and for network and database programming.

Like most scripting languages, Python ...

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