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Why You Should Learn Python

What Is Python?

Python is one of the most beloved programming languages by programmers for the past decade. It's used to power websites such as YouTube, Reddit, Instagram and Pinterest.

Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Its high-level built in data structures, combined with dynamic typing and dynamic binding, make it very attractive for Rapid Application Development, as well as for use as a scripting or glue language to connect existing components together. Python's simple, easy to learn syntax emphasizes readability and therefore reduces the cost of program maintenance. Python supports modules and packages, which encourages program modularity and code reuse. The Python interpreter and the extensive standard library are available in source or binary form without charge for all major platforms, and can be freely distributed.

How Popular Is It Really?

According to one of the most respected online lists for programming popularity, the tiobe index currently has Python listed at number 3 for the month of April 2020. python number 3 in the tiobe index

Python is used for the following

  • Systems Administration
  • Web Scraping
  • Websites
  • Gaming
  • Big Data
  • Machine Learning

Python vs. Java

Python programs are expected to run slower than Java programs, but they also take less time to develop. Python programs are typically 3-5 times shorter than equivalent Java programs. This is due to the ease of use in which Python was designed. Python has more of a goal towards programmer productivity vs. squeezing every bit of performance out of hardware.

Learn Python Programming Today

If you're looking to become a Python Programmmer, be sure to checkout Python For Beginners to get started.