An Introduction To Python

What Is Phyton?

In technical terms, Python is an object-oriented, high-level programming language with integrated dynamic semantics primarily for web and app development. It is extremely attractive in the field of Rapid Application Development because it offers dynamic typing and dynamic binding options


Python was conceived in the late 1980s by Guido van Rossum at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in the Netherlands as a successor to the ABC language (itself inspired by SETL), Its implementation began in December 1989.

What Python Can Do?

Python is a general-purpose programming language, which is another way to say that it can be used for nearly everything. Most importantly, it is an interpreted language, which means that the written code is not actually translated to a computer-readable format at runtime.

Whereas, most programming languages do this conversion before the program is even run. This type of language is also referred to as a “scripting language” because it was initially meant to be used for trivial projects.

The concept of a “scripting language” has changed considerably since its inception, because Python is now used to write large, commercial style applications, instead of just banal ones. This reliance on Python has grown even more so as the internet gained popularity. 

A large majority of web applications and platforms rely on Python, including Google's search engine, YouTube, and the web-oriented transaction system of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). You know the language must be pretty serious when it's powering a stock exchange system. In fact, NASA actually uses Python when they are programming their equipment and space machinery. Pretty neat, right?

Python can also be used to process text, display numbers or images, solve scientific equations, and save data. In short, it is used behind the scenes to process a lot of elements you might need or encounter on your device(s) – mobile included.

Benefits Of Learning Python

  1. Python can be used to develop prototypes, and quickly because it is so easy to work with and read.
  2. Most automation, data mining, and big data platforms rely on Python. This is because it is the ideal language to work with for general purpose tasks.
  3. Python allows for a more productive coding environment than massive languages like C# and Java. Experienced coders tend to stay more organized and productive when working with Python, as well.
  4. Python is easy to read, even if you're not a skilled programmer. Anyone can begin working with the language, all it takes is a bit of patience and a lot of practice. Plus, this makes it an ideal candidate for use among multi-programmer and large development teams.
  5. Python powers Django, a complete and open source web application framework. Frameworks – like Ruby on Rails – can be used to simplify the development process.

How Do I Get Python?

If you need to download Python, the best place to go is the official site. You will need to download the version specific to your operating system and processor (32 or 64 bit).

Here are some authors' suggestions on how to get Python based on the system you are using:

Mac – Most Mac OS X computers already have Python 2.X installed, which is perfectly fine to use. The best way to install the latest version is to use Homebrew to activate and manage them. You will find instructions on how to do that here. You can also download Python directly from the PSF if you prefer.

Linux – Python is included with most distributions of Linux. Check your current version and be sure to upgrade using the package manager, if necessary.

Windows – Just download Python from the PSF

Tips! : If you're using Windows, be sure to select the option that adds Python.exe to your system path during installation. You can do this by selecting the option next to “Add python.exe to path,” and then choosing your local hard drive as the install location.

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