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+I started using Python in 2003, and I fell in love with the language for a variety of reasons. The elegance
+of Python’s whitespace based syntax, the well conceived built in data types, and a beautiful set of library
+functions. Since that time, many other people have discovered or rediscovered Python. At the time of
+this writing, the software industry is well into a resurgence of dynamically typed languages: Ruby, PHP,
+It wasn’t until I attended my first PyCon in 2004 that I became aware of Jython. People were glad of
+the ability to run Python programs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), but were wistful because at the
+time Jython was lagging behind the native C Python (CPython) interpreter in terms of supporting recent
+versions of the language. Jython was maintained by a series of individual developers, but the task of
+staying current with CPython was really too much for any single person. In December 2005, Frank
+Wierzbicki took over as the lead developer for Jython, and over the next few years managed to foster a
+community of developers for Jython. The authors of this book are some of the members of that
+community. In June of 2009, the Jython community released Jython 2.5, which implemented the same
+language as CPython 2.5. This was a major leap forward, bringing Jython much closer to feature parity
+with CPython, and laying a foundation for catching up the rest of the way with CPython. Jython 2.5 is
+able to run many of the most popular Python packages, including Django, Pylons, and SQLAlchemy.
+Jython makes for a best of both worlds bridge between the elegant, expressive code of the Python
+world and the “enterprise ready” Java world. Developers who work in organizations where Java is
+already in use can now take advantage of the expressiveness and conciseness of Python by running their
+Python programs on Jython. Jython provides easy integration and interoperability between Python code
+Jython also has something to offer existing Python programmers, namely access to the very rich
+ecosystem of the Java Virtual Machine. There is an enormous amount of Java code out in the world.
+There are libraries for every task imaginable, and more. Jython gives Python programmers a way to tap
+into these libraries, saving both development and testing time. Web applications running on Jython can
+also take advantage of the scalability benefits of Java web containers such as Tomcat or GlassFish.
+Things are looking very bright for Jython, and this book is a timely resource for people interested in
+taking advantage of the benefits that Jython has to offer.
Part I: Jython Basics: Learning the Language
-Part II: Using the Language
-Part III: Developing Applications with Jython
+Part II: Using the Language - Incomplete Drafts Only (FINAL coming soon)
-Part IV: Strategy and Technique
+Part III: Developing Applications with Jython - Incomplete Drafts Only (FINAL coming soon)
-Part V: Appendicies and Attribution
+Part IV: Strategy and Technique - Incomplete Drafts Only (FINAL coming soon)
+Part V: Appendicies and Attribution - Incomplete Drafts Only (FINAL coming soon)