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Embedding Python in Perl?

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I have a friend who is damn good programmer, but (unfortunately) his scripting language of choice is Python, while I am Perl lover. Does anybody know of a good, easy way to embed Python code (or use a "use" or "require") into a Perl script on a Unix machine? Thanks....
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I can come up with only three (not very good) ways to do this.

The first is that you could obviously use system calls to execute python programs.  You could even have some communication between the child python program and the parent perl program using simple ipc.  However, you're not going to get the same results as simply calling a subroutine.

Second way:  Building on the last, you set up a perl server and a python server (whether the python server starts the perl , or the perl starts the python, or they're both started independently doesn't matter). The two of them communicate with each other via straight sockets, and you avoid start up time by having them both running

Third way: Write a python interpreter in perl :)

For 50 points, what do you expect? :)
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Fourth way: write an XSUB interface. (see `perldoc perlxstut`)
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