If you want to learn a new programming language, how are you going to choose the one that most fits you among dozens of other languages? So why choose Python?
In this overview, I will try to tell you all the truth about Python 3 outlining the main features. We’ll discuss mainly:
- the origin of the programming language
- the reasons for its recent popularity
- why you might select Python your language of choice
- any reasons why one should prefer another language over Python
If you still haven’t started learning the language, you might find it interesting reading why learning a programming language is very important in 2021.
The Origins of Python
Python is a high-level, object-oriented programming language that has been around for 30 years. This open-source language was created in 1989 by Guido van Rossum and has recently experienced a huge surge in popularity.
Nowadays, this language has grown to give stiff competition to popular languages such as Java and C++.
If you’re a newcomer then I suggest you install and start focusing on Python 3 since Python 2 is not any longer maintained from January 2020.
The language’s syntax is relatively uncluttered and has a simple and clean structure that is easy to learn and read. It’s known for its brevity allowing developers to write programs with fewer lines compared to other languages that require more boilerplate code. In a way, it has lots of similarities to the English language and at the same time is influenced by mathematics. Each line defines a new command as opposed to semicolon or parenthesis in other languages.
Python has only 33 keywords compared to 62 of C++ and 53 of Java. This makes Python less complex.
But It’s Not That Simple
For all its syntactical simplicity, Python supports complex dynamic data types, structured and functional programming, and object-oriented programming. Additionally, it has a vast library of classes available on top of the built-in functions. In fact, it is very versatile in what it can accomplish.
Hello World in Python
Look at how simple can be to print Hello World:
Python as Interpreted Language
In order to use Python, you need to learn the Python language. The code written in the Python language is then interpreted or executed immediately without the need to compile it and transform it into an Intermediate Code. This makes it very fast to prototype and execute programs.
Another advantage of being an interpreted language is its portability. Since its not compiled with native machine instructions a program can work on any platform!
Python is Popular
In fact, it has revived after so many years due to its magic – its ease of learning, and its power! That makes it also a favorite among beginners who need to pick a language that is easy to learn but at the same time powerful and with a strong community for support.
Python is being widely used for web development and handling of Big data.
Python is Free
Python is an open-source language and so it is FREE to install use and distribute for personal and commercial purposes. This makes it a contender with the most popular enterprise languages such as Java.
Do you want to try this Python code now?
Now that you know the truth about Python, check if you have it installed:
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