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TigerJython is a teaching tool for introductory programming courses. It's based on Jython, which lets it use the Python language and libraries while still being able to call Java classes. This feature makes it easier for beginners to transition from Python to more complex languages like Java by gradually introducing them to concepts from both languages using the same piece of software. The visual nature of TigerJython can help students see how their code interacts with graphical displays or simulations, making this tool particularly useful for teaching object-oriented programming principles in a fun and engaging way.