Any one have any opinions on the differences between these two language (and their closeness to C)... chroot posted about python being almost as complete as java interms of standard libs. I attended a presentation which seemed to verify that claim though you have to download some of the added libs like numpy,scipy,wxpython. Is there a performance difference between the two? My goal is to try to minimize the number of packages to be downloaded for my application which currently uses both java/python. Not sure why since wxpython seems to be platform independent but they use java's awt/swing because of clientside platform independence.