Well, curiosity has led you here. I’m sure that most of you reading this blog are either freshers to this programming world or have come here with an intention to know more about what this buzz is all about. So why wait, let us go ahead and know more about what is this Python all about.
It was first introduced by Guido van Rossum, and first released on February 20, 1991. It is the most widely used, interpreted, object-oriented and a very high-level language. Python is a programming language filled with powerful syntax and dynamic semantics. Now after all this, you might be wondering from where did this name come from? Who invented this? The answer for this is: while you may know python as a large snake, the name Python programming language comes from an old BBC television comedy sketch series called Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Its as simple as that.
What is Python Programming?
Like I previously mentioned, python is the most widely used, interpreted, object-oriented and high-level programming language. Its high-level built in data structures, which is combined with dynamic typing and dynamic binding, which makes 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 and easy to learn syntax emphasizes the readability and therefore reduces the cost of program maintenance.
Interesting facts about Python:
One of the most amazing features of this programming language is that it can done by a single person i.e., one person’s work.
In February 1991, van Rossum published the very first code (labelled as version 0.9.0) to alt. sources (a group that is used for posting program source code).
In 1994, Python version 1.0 was released with new features like: lambda, map, filter, and reduce.
Python 2.0 came up with an added feature like: list comprehensions, garbage collection system.
On December 3, 2008, Python 3.0 (also called "Py3K") was released with an advanced and more user-friendly features.
The latest version of this programming language is Python 3.8.3 and this was released in May, 2020.
I’m sure you all are wondering why use this programming language and not any other? What is high-level programming language, Interpreted, Syntax and Semantics which was mentioned in the above meaning? Let me give the overview/clarity by telling what each of these means.
High Level: Python and its programming language is filled with the components that are derived from the natural language that we humans are aware of. Hence, this makes it easier and user friendly to work with and understand without any burden of actually putting in a lot of machine code and in turn messing things up.
Interpreted: The codes that are included here are put in a systematic and line-by-line process which makes any kind of debugging work easy and more effective. But this comes with a flaw that it is much slower when compared to other programming languages.
Syntax: Python uses a syntax (the programming codes or language) indentations instead of braces that helps to distinguish between what block codes come under which class or function and this makes the code look a lot more distributed and easier for anyone to understand what actually is happening there.
Semantics: If you are a coder by nature, you would need to initialize and know the fact that before using any syntax, you should know the dynamic semantics of it. Now by semantics, I mean to say “Meaning”.
Now that your clear with the semantics along with some of the keywords, we will move forward and know some more interesting things involved in this Python Programming language.
Okay, now that you are clear with what is Python Programming and why is this programming language used, we will now try to understand how to use this language.
How to use Python?
Understanding what is python and how to use it and why it should be used, you would wonder what it can do when you actually master in it. It is that interesting and useful. Well the list is quite big when we want to see what all python can do. We will look into some of them:
Create a web application by using the python frameworks called as Django and Flask.
You can create a workflow for the software that you are currently working on.
You can modify your data and files that are stored in your database using Python.
Analytics, Scientific and complex calculations can be taken care of easily using Python.
What are the career opportunities?
This question is obvious in all the fields for that matter. When it comes to Python, you really have a bright future and a really good career with python as your go-to language. Here are some of the career opportunities in this field:
Data Scientist: A Data Scientist is someone who solves all the complex problems that are related to the field of math, statistics and brings around a solution to these problems in a very logical manner.
Software Engineer: Software engineers are the one who design, develop, test and also maintain the software applications that they create for their clients according to the client’s requirements.
Web Developer: You can be a web developer wherein you create web application to serve their clients using client-server-model for example: information sharing, social network platforms, entertainment, which are just a few to name.
General human tendency is that, we are not happy with what we get, but we want to know more.
So, let’s know more about this Python language.
Python application features:
Python is slow in nature when compared to other programming languages but that will affect the popularity and growth it is gaining in a rapid pace. Through python, we can achieve better productivity with lesser code. This is making Python the most liked language. Python has a wide list of features and we will know some of them here:
Simple: Python is simple in its own way. All you need to know at the time of coding is how to do the indentation work and you can code and solve the most difficult of the problems with very fewer lines of code.
Source: Python is an open source and free for anyone to use. You even have the freedom to modify the code of python to be better in your own way and needs without actually facing any kind of consequences.
Portability: Coding can be done once for all and you can run these codes across different systems and browsers without any changes. This feature makes it even better when it comes to a project that not a single person but an entire group is working on.
Its Embedding-property: Python also allows you to embed the codes of other languages such as C, C++ into your programming code, which makes the particular code much more powerful and versatile.