If you don’t have a specific task or problem you wish to solve, it can be difficult to decide which programming language to learn. While the fundamentals are the same regardless of language, the applications are different.
What is Python?
Python is a general-purpose programming language that is designed to be easy to read and easy to learn.
It’s been in development since the 1990s where it was created for use in University science departments.
It has built-in functions for many common programming tasks, meaning less code has to be written, and more focus can be given to the purpose and structure of an application.
Thousands of third-party packages, each adding its own functionality to Python, are available via the PyPi package system. These packages add things like graphics, graphing, analytics, and database support to Python, allowing you to focus on building your projects rather than wrestling with some of the more complex concepts required to implement those features.
What’s it Good For?
Everything and anything. Python is general-purpose and can be used to build any kind of application. Games, data analytics, desktop applications, app backends – all can be built quickly and easily on the Python platform.
Who Uses Python?
Python is particularly popular with data scientists who want a simple language for querying their data – so that they can focus on the data rather than the nuances of the language.
It’s also immensely popular with beginners due to its simple syntax and readability. There are thousands of books and tutorials to help you get started
Python is used everywhere and has been used to build some of the products developed by:
So you’re in good company if you choose to learn it.
It rapidly grew to be used to power all sorts of browser-based tools, from games to email clients to full office application suites.
Over time it has been developed into a full-featured programming language, which can even be run outside the web browser and can now be used to develop desktop and mobile applications which run independently of a web browser.
What’s it Good For?
Web developers the world over. It can also be used to develop desktop and mobile apps and web backends thanks to Node.js. It really is ubiquitous.
Which One Should I Choose?
This entirely depends on what you want to do.
If you’re looking to learn about programming, processing and analyzing data, building a desktop application, or scripting your workflow, Python is a good choice for something you can pick up and run with – giving you powerful tools to focus on your data rather than the tools you’re using to work with it.
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