python is a wonderful and very portable programming language. It had byte code long before Java. Java is a beast, much like the way MS is seen as a beast. However, for commercial grade applications in 1998 and 1999, NT was a suitable platform. NT was in fact improved by Windows 2000. However, to harness one self to one technology for everything is bound to cause heartache. The AS/400 isn’t exactly the most secure computer on the planet and not even close, but it’s the best platform to serve data from because it can handle thousands of connections at a time. The right tools for the right job.