Java vs. Python - which one is easier for beginners?
I'm getting a programming assignment at work soon that will necessitate my learning either Java or Python - I have the flexibility to choose which language I'd like to use. I have no experience with "real" programming - all of the programming I've done thus far has been in VBA, SQL, SAS, and R. I'd obviously like to get up to speed as quickly as possible, but I have no intention in becoming an expert. I just need to learn enough to get by. Which one do you recommend I use - what's easier for a total beginner to learn? How much time should I allocate to teaching myself the fundamentals?