In December 1989, a Dutch programmer, Van Rossum had been looking for a “‘hobby’ programming project that would keep him occupied during the week around Christmas” as his office was closed when he decided to write an interpreter for a “new scripting language [he] had been thinking about lately: a descendant of ABC that would appeal to Unix/C hackers”. He attributes choosing the name “Python” to “being in a slightly irreverent mood (and a big fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus)”. Python was first released on February 20, 1991.
The Python programming language can be used to do any programming task, from DevOps to Data science tasks to admin work to solving complicated mathematical computations across distributed machines. It is a great language for projects where companies want to quickly experiment with a concept and want to bring a product to market fast.
Python is omnipresent, and people use numerous Python-powered devices on a daily basis, whether they realize it or not. There are billions of lines of code written in Python, which means almost unlimited opportunities for code reuse and learning from well-crafted examples. What’s more, there is a large and very active Python community, always happy to help.
There are also a few factors that make Python great for learning:
- It is easy to learn – the time needed to learn Python is shorter than for many other languages; this means that it’s possible to start the actual programming faster;
- It is easy to use for writing new software – it’s often possible to write code faster when using Python;
- It is easy to obtain, install and deploy – Python is free, open and multiplatform; not all languages can boast that.
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