Python, who’s 28th birthday we celebrate today (yay, happy birthday Python!) has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years.
So, what’s all the hype about it and what makes the language crawl so swiftly up in the charts of the most desired programming languages?
- Python is accessible and easy to learn
Python was designed to be a simple and easy to understand and work with programming language. The idea about it was conceived while its “father” – Guido van Rossum, was working for a company called “Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica” (CWI) during the 1980s. Van Rossum was initially working on a project based on ABC – a not very well-known language intended to be taught to “intelligent computer users” that are not computer programmers (such as physicists, linguists, social scientists, etc.). He later on, found out ABC had certain limitations that were causing frustration and could further be simplified. And this is how Python was born. Nowadays Python is often referred to as one of the easiest programming languages to learn and known for its simple syntax and high reliability which makes it appealing to programming newbies.
- Python enjoys an active and supportive community
Python has been around for quite some time, therefore plenty of documentation, online tutorials and guides can be found on the internet. The language is in addition used by some of the tech giants like PayPal, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, Dropbox, and Reddit, which of course has helped create a growing pool of programmers of different seniority. Finding possible solutions to all kinds of issues is no hard job thanks to the active Python communities around websites like Stackoverflow and Quora.
- Python is reliable and efficient
Besides being know for it’s simplicity Python is also considered
speedy, reliable and efficient. What developers enjoy the most is that you can work with and deploy Python applications in nearly any environment, while there’s little to no performance loss no matter what platform you work with. This makes Python suitable for web development, desktop and mobile applications. Quite handy, right?
- Python is the language of Machine Learning and AI
That’s right. If you want to get into any of these fields Python is a certain must. The reason for this - the data analysis and parsing required go well with Python, and its libraries and therefore it has been chosen as the primary language by some of the leaders in the field.