Java-headed Python

Java + Python: Jython 2.7 beta 3 has arrived

JAX Editorial Team

The latest version of Jython, the Python language written in Java, brings CPython compatibility and the popular Requests HTTP library.

The world just got a little bit better for all of us
that want to code in Python but still have to use Java. Version 2.7
beta 3 of Jython – an
implementation of the Python programming language written in Java –
has arrived, bringing with it three interesting new features.

Aside from the usual bug fixes, this version includes
the reimplementation of socket/select/ssl on Netty 4. On top of
that, Requests (a.k.a. “HTTP for humans”) now works in Jython.
Requests is an Apache2-licensed HTTP library that is written in
Python and already internally used by dozens of major tech
companies like Amazon, Google, Twitter and SoundCloud.  

According to
blog post
by project lead Frank Wierzbicki announcing the
update, the main focus of the new Jython version is to make it
compatible with CPython. This means, as Wierzbicki explains, that
“this release of Jython can run more pure Python apps than any
previous release.” The language level compatibility of Jython
Version 2.7 beta 3 was increased to be on par with CPython 2.7.

Finally the package administration PIP (or “Pip
Installs Python”) should only run in Jython 2.7, or at least in the
Custom Branch. You can find a full list of features and
bug fixes here

Java + Python

Jython, formerly known as JPython, has been around for over ten
years and allows the successful implementation of Python programs
on JVM. Licensed under the Python Software Foundation, this JVM
language complies with .class and is multi threaded. Java Classes
can also be advanced in Jython.

Python has recently replaced Java as the
number one programming language
in introductory courses in US
universities, putting Jython (as a mixture of the two top-ranked
languages) in a good position.

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