Let's not forget Jython. Jython is an implementation of Python in Java. With it, you can embed Python directly into your Java applets and applications, or you can use Java classes in Python.

Take a look at:
http://www.jython.org

Java has the same drawbacks as Python. Namely, it's run-time interpreted on a virtual machine and has garbage collection overhead. I would want to take applications developed in Python and compile them for the performance you'd get from optimized machine code.

Java has the same drawbacks as Python. Namely, it's run-time interpreted on a virtual machine and has garbage collection overhead. I would want to take applications developed in Python and compile them for the performance you'd get from optimized machine code.

Sorry about Jython and Java!
The closest thing I can think of this early in the morning is IronPython.

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