IronPython 1.0 has been released yesterday! I fondly remember using Python when I was in college and asking my professor why it wasn't taught in any of the courses. It's a powerful, interpreted, interactive, object-oriented, extensible programming language with a very clear syntax, and does all the things you can do with Perl or TCL, only better. The main reason was that it is new, and not yet a 'mainstream' programming language. So as I read about IronPython, I think about the impact it will have, now that it is supported by Microsoft in the CLR, and that is exciting.
"IronPython is about bringing together two worlds. The key value in IronPython is that it is both a true implementation of Python and is seamlessly integrated with the .NET platform." - Jim Hugunin, http://blogs.msdn.com/hugunin/archive/2006/09/05/741605.aspx