Python Introduction and Overview

Python is a simple multi-paradigm programming language(it supports Object-oriented programming and structured programming).

It is a powerful high level programming language, it has simple and easy-to-use syntax, making it the perfect language for beginners to get their feet wet.

It is also a perfect programming language that is use to make quick prototype of a product.

Python was created by Guido van Rossum(a Dutch programmer) at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in the Netherlands as a successor to the ABC language.

He built the language because he wanted a language that can easily handle exception and easily interface with the Amoeba operating system(of which he was working on).

Python uses a dynamic typing, and a combination of reference counting, cycle detection and garbage collector for memory management.

It has dynamic name resolution. Which binds method and names during execution.

Rather than having all of its functionality built at its core, The language was designed to be easily extensible, that’s one the main features of python because anyone can tweak the language to work perfectly for his or her organizational needs.

Okay that sounds complicated, let me simplify it. Python is a simple language tool which you can use to easily give your computer instruction or commands to execute.

Let’s look at a simple Python hello word, we will dive deeper into code in our subsequent tutorials

print("Hello World");

Python is so powerful that Google uses it to power part of their search engine.

Instagram uses to it build its entire backend system(the engine of the product), Uber and Facebook use python for data analytic and some rendering engine.

YouTube uses python for data analytic and computation of videos(to reduce the videos size while maintaining the quality).

Python has a lot of tools of which you can have fun with. Tools for: analytic, data science, machine learning(sub-field of Artificial intelligence), and some lazy tools that can help you with document editing and manipulation. 

Resource for Learning Python

Knowing how to find good resources when you are learning Python can make the learning process more fun and rewarding.

So it is important to familiarize yourself with official Python developer  documentation guide. Here is the link. 

There are many Python beginners textbooks out there including free eBooks on python you can use to advance your knowledge. 

Finding a Mentor

If you are new to programming or you don’t have anybody with coding experience around you, it can make the learning process slow. 

One of the main advance senior developers usually give to junior developers is getting a mentor that will guide you throughout your learning process.

Quality mentor-ship can sky-rocket your learning process and understanding of different concept in programming easily.

If you cannot find a mentor immediately, that should not demoralize you to start learning Python.

You can also ask us any questions related to python and we will try our best to guide you in the right direction.

Still in doubt? here are some reason why you should learn python.

  • Simple syntax(instructions) and instructions feel more like English.
  • It teaches you the best practices when coding.
  • It’s powerful enough for you to build the next big thing
  • .

Although, learning any type of programming language can been challenging and tasking but Python is one few languages you can easily pick up.

Finally, by the time you are done with our tutorials on python, you will be ready to take up the next challenge in your software development career.

Happy python learning and coding.

Next – Python Installation and Setup


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