Python and Java are natural team-mates. Using Python together with the Java class libraries, developers at all levels can leverage Python's simplicity and Java's power together, building advanced Web and enterprise applications with remarkable speed and efficiency. Richard Hightower shows how, from start to finish. Using step-by-step examples, Hightower introduces the fundamentals of Python and object-oriented programming. You'll learn how to work with files, use Python's intrinsic functionality, and take advantage of Python's powerful string handling capabilities. Next, Hightower shows how to interface with Java APIs; how to build Swing graphical applications more easily with JPython; and, how to utilize SQL and JDBC to access enterprise data from Python programs. An important section shows how to use Python to solve problems that would otherwise require far more complex Java coding. For all Python programmers who want to take advantage of the Java class libraries. And. for all Java developers seeking faster, more efficient ways to build Web and enterprise applications.