Pike is an interpreted, object-oriented programming language with a syntax reminiscent of C and Java, and freely available and distributable under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Pike is just as suitable for intricate and large applications as for creating use-once scripts. When needed, you can also write Pike modules in C, to gain better performance or access C libraries. This is transparent to the module's users; the modules written in C and those written in Pike are accessed in exactly the
+ Exception Handling + Multi-Threaded Application Development Possible + Easy-to-Learn C-like Syntax The standard Pike distribution comes with a number of modules for various useful purposes. Among these are: + Image processing with support for several graphic file formats (such as JPEG, GIF, PNG, Photoshop and Gimp), and numerous image manipulation functions
+ Cryptographic functions, including SSL support
+ Cryptographic functions, including SSL
+ Database interface to several common SQL databases, including MySQL, ODBC and Oracle + Embedding interfaces for Java and Perl Some other modules include support for OpenGL, Gz, Gdbm, GTK, XML, DVB and SDL.