Writing programs is a very creative and rewarding activity. You can write programs for many reasons, ranging from making your living to solving a difficult data analysis problem to having fun to helping someone else solve a problem.
says the University of Michigan and Coursera instructor Charles R Severance in his book “Python for Everybody”.
Python is one of the most popular programming languages available. It is used in most business sectors like programming, web development, game development, and many business applications.
Considering the flexibility, ease of use, and readability, it is no surprise that Python has gained and held on to the title of the most popular programming language. Moreover, with its minimal boilerplate, Python outclassed other languages significantly. As a result, it serves as a proper pseudocode language in education these days.
Our goal for this series of articles is to guide you through the concept of Python programming and present to you the endless possibilities that this language offers.
What is Python?
Python is a high-level object-oriented programming language created by Guido van Rossum. It is also a general-purpose programming language as we can use it in every (almost!) domain that comes to mind.
It can be helpful not only when it comes to web development, machine learning, or data science. But it can be used in teaching computer science, creating games, data processing and analysis, hardware, sensors, robots, and scripts to automate your work. There is a little drawback, though - Python is unsuitable for mobile application development (but it does not mean it is impossible to use it).
Python has power and is used by tech giants like Google, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Netflix, and Dropbox. The list can go on.
Python has inspired many other programming languages such as Ruby, Cobra, Boo, CoffeeScript ECMAScript, Groovy, Swift Go, OCamls, Julia, etc.
Interestingly, Google users have searched for the phrase “Python” more often than for, e.g., Donald Trump or Marylin Monroe (take a look).
Long story short - Python is one of the most popular and in-demand programming languages worldwide, used in various contexts, and it is here to stay.
What do you need to know about Python?
First, if you want to work with ANY programming language, you must know about IDE. Set up for IDE for Python is available on www.python.org. If you want to know more about IDE and Code Editors check our blog post - What are the best Python IDEs and code editors?
If you are a Linux or Mac user, you have it already installed; on Windows, you can install it yourself, and you are good to write!
It is easy to get confused with the easy access to all sorts of sources regarding learning Python, but we strongly recommend following the original documentation.
If you are already familiar with the concept and terminology and you wish to dig deeper, here are some useful references (for beginners):
In the next part of our ultimate guide, we will present five of the most popular applications of Python.
Check out our posts if you're looking for tutorials an resources to learn Python:
- 12 Best Python Tutorials For Beginners
- 14 Python resources for intermediate and advanced Python developers
Stay tuned for more!