Use Python. And thanks to those who make it useful! : Python i'll try to make this brief but it just occurred to me how insidiously useful this thing called python is and felt i should share. i just finished several hours of homework and there were multiple occasions where a trivial amount of python code turned the drudgery of busywork into the joy of learning (wow, allow me to turn the flowery vocab down to 6 or 7). but it's true. in both my discrete math and linear algebra homework i was able to use python to explore some concepts and actually get a better grip on the material. and what makes that so cool (and yeah, i get the irony of using 'cool' when describing how a programming language helped with my math homework. but i was listening to led zeppelin during, so back off...) is how little code it took and how little experience i have.
Welcome to Google's Python Class -- this is a free class for people with a little bit of programming experience who want to learn Python. The class includes written materials, lecture videos, and lots of code exercises to practice Python coding. These materials are used within Google to introduce Python to people who have just a little programming experience. The first exercises work on basic Python concepts like strings and lists, building up to the later exercises which are full programs dealing with text files, processes, and http connections.