What is Python
Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language. It incorporates modules, exceptions, dynamic typing, very high level dynamic data types, and classes. Python combines remarkable power with very clear syntax. It has interfaces to many system calls and libraries, as well as to various window systems, and is extensible in C or C++. It is also usable as an extension language for applications that need a programmable interface. Finally, Python is portable: it runs on many Unix variants, on the Mac, and on PCs under MS-DOS, Windows, Windows NT, and OS/2.
Taken from the official Python FAQ.
Roguelike specific details
Python's expressive code, dynamic typing, flexible data types, and powerful OO and exception handling facilities make it well-suited to quick, productive RL development. Python is not the best choice if a small memory footprint or raw performance are important. Psyco allows you to get more performance at the cost of more memory, and is highly recommended.
- Python_shadowcasting_implementation - Python code for field-of-view calculation using Bjorn Bergstrom's excellent recursive shadowcasting algorithm.