It doesn’t matter if you’re new to programming or an experienced developer, Python is known for being a programming language that’s easy to learn and easy to use. It’s also extremely popular with developers, students, and most importantly, tech companies.
You may think you know a little about Python already, but do you know that it plays a part in the lives of almost everyone around you? Python is one of the driving forces behind our mobile devices, web searches, online gaming, and more. It’s a must learn for any serious developer.
Brief Background on Python
The Python programming language was created by Dutch programmer Guido Van Rossum and first released in 1991. It emphasizes code readability and simplicity by allow programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code, and can be used on both small and large scales.
Python is an interpreted language meaning it has an interpreter to execute the program instead of depending on complicated machine languages. The language is open source, so anyone can contribute to and improve it. Van Rossum has said that he would like Python to eventually be as clear and understandable as ordinary English. He also hopes it will one-day be as powerful as some of the other competing programming languages.
So, What is Python Used For?
Python is currently among the top five most popular programming languages in the world. In fact, it is used by Google, Wikipedia, BuzzFeed, NASDAQ, WebMD, and NASA as well as many other prominent organizations!
You will often see it used in web applications because it is a scripting language. This means that it efficiently allows for the automation of specific tasks or series of tasks. It is used in software applications, operating systems, web browser pages, and in games. Python is also used in scientific and mathematical computing, and even in artificial intelligence projects as well as in 3D modelers and animation packages.
You Already Use Python All the Time
That’s right! You’re probably already using Python on a regular, if not daily, basis without even knowing it. Among the countless sites that use Python (in addition to those we’ve already mentioned), are YouTube and Instagram. Van Rossum now works at Dropbox, and much of the code use to power the site is Python. Do you like the new Star Wars movies or Marvel films? Well, you can thank Python, in part, which is used by digital special effects company ILM.
Again, Python is known to be a relatively easy programming language to learn and begin using. Because it is open source, it is constantly improving and being made better by some of the brightest programming minds in the world. It is used my some pretty big (and recognizable) players in the online world. And, it is expanding into new products and services every day. It’s easy to see why it’s an important part of any programmer’s toolbox. By learning the Python language, you’ll be opening the door to nearly endless opportunity.