Python versus Java

Python versus Java (who would win?)

By far, two of the more popular software development languages at the moment are Python and Java. They are both awesome. Together and apart, they can create some incredible features and applications, but which of the two is the best? Does the rising popularity of Python mean that it’s the business language of the future, and will the actual use of Java decrease as more developers seek the ease of Python? 

Million-dollar questions

Wow, they are all million-dollar questions. To be frank, if I was to answer any of them, whatever I say, it’ll definitely get on somebody’s nerves. For some of the questions, you’d probably need a crystal ball to give an accurate answer. For example, there can be no denying that Python is becoming increasingly popular among businesses because of its ease of use and practicality in the likes of Blockchain, IoT, AI, MR, and automation applications. But Java has proven itself as a powerhouse in these areas too. 

Amazing libraries and possibilities

The fact is, both of these languages are incredible. On Python’s side, it has access to amazing libraries and its possibilities are endless, while on Java’s side, once you’ve gone through the arduous task of building with it, its capability of processing at speed is incredible. 

There are areas though where Python is really beginning to shine. With data now worth more than gold, companies around the world are starting to search even harder for Python-educated coders. This is an area where R as a language has proven popular, but increasingly it looks like Python will become even more popular in this field. 

Very readable language

Python is a very readable language. In fact, this is a dynamically-typed language that reads like English, which means that developers can spend more time thinking about solutions as opposed to the lines of code that will build the solutions. Java, on the other hand, is a statically-typed language, which can take longer to create and can be complicated. However, for those working regularly with Java, this can be a moot point. 

Python runs slower

There can be no doubting that Python runs slower than Java. However, the question is whether or not this is actually realised by the end-user? Regardless of it’s operating speed, it can do many of the things that Java can do with the benefit of taking less time to build, as unlike Java it does not require to be compiled. Python is very productive with a very simple syntax.

Easier to learn

Python is growing rapidly, as is its community. This community makes it more attractive to businesses who are currently suffering from the global skills gap. Also, as a language, it is incredibly assistive for data analysis, Blockchain, streaming, and effectively all of the major keywords of today. It offers a wide choice of libraries and frameworks, which makes it even easier to use. Java also has access to deep libraries, but for people starting out in software development, it is far easier to learn Python (for most) than it is Java.

In saying that, Python may be an easier language for developers to get to grips with. That, however, does not mean that it’s a basic language that’s only meant for people to start off with. No, as a language, Python can be something that you could build your entire career out of. Practically, this could be the only language you ever learn. However, our advice is that you should always be learning. And after you master one language, there is no harm in learning how to operate with other languages. Doing this can only make you stronger and more important to any business. 

Get the skills

If you’re considering getting the skills for a career change to software development, learning Python is a good move. Firstly, because it is the easiest language to learn (not to imply it’s easy, there will be hiccups on your journey). Secondly, it’s in huge demand, which is growing all the time. And finally, it’s a language that is brilliantly rewarding. 

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