Feeling a bit unsure about what programming language you should be learning? We’re here to help answer some of the questions you might have about Python.
What is Python?
Python is a popular, flexible and versatile programming language which is great for beginners to learn. You can use Python for pretty much anything – from data science to finance and trading and computer graphics to mapping and geography.
And why is it called Python?
Well, according to python.org, when Guido van Rossum began implementing Python he was also reading the published scripts from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, a BBC comedy series from the 1970s. Van Rossum thought he needed a name that was short, unique, and slightly mysterious, so he decided to call the language Python.
Why should you learn to code with Python?
1.It’s an extremely versatile programming language
A major advantage of learning Python is that it can be applied to many different projects. Here’s a few:
- Data Analysis
- Data Science
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Web applications
- Machine Learning
- Web Development
- Web Frameworks
Python truly is a multipurpose language.
2.It’s beginner friendly
As we mentioned in the introduction, Python is flexible, which means there are no hard rules on how to build features, and you’ll have more flexibility solving problems using different methods*, which makes it great for those with no coding experience. The syntax is very simple and written in a ‘human friendly’ English format so it’s easier to understand than other programming languages.
3.It has an incredibly supportive community
Every new programmer benefits from the support of the wider community and thanks to online forums, local meet-ups, and the open source community, programmers continue to learn from and build on the success of their predecessors.
4.All the big companies use it
Ever wondered what programming languages Google and Facebook use? According to Packtpub.com, Python is not only used by both Google and Facebook but also by YouTube, IBM, Yahoo, Dropbox, Quora, Instagram and that’s just naming a few.
A 2018 survey conducted by IEEE ranks Python as the top programming language among the 47 widely used languages* – it’s popularity makes it a great career path to consider.
How do I learn Python?
Now you know what Python is and what it’s used for, you’re ready to learn how to use it! We have two Python short courses on offer and our immersive Professional Software Development has a section dedicated to Python: