Image via WikipediaComment to Guido's post "The History of Python: Adding Support for User-defined Classes"
I like dictionaries/namespaces better than objects. For me, your accomplishment with Python's implementation of user classes is on a par with Linus's insight to base a DVCS on a "mere" filesystem that only tracks content based on cryptographic hashes. A single idea, very simple but not _too_ simple, implies everything else, to great success.
Image by palewire via FlickrComputer science is too important to leave in the hands of people who are not implementors.