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Which programming language? Python, of course!

The use of online learning has jumped up in recent weeks, and we are inundated with people taking part in our free 5 Day Coding Challenge. Apart from people taking part in the challenge, a lot of people are asking us why we chose Python as our programming language for our full-stack course. 

Learn to programme? Learn Python

The answer is simple. It’s because Python is awesome. As much as I love this as an answer, the fact is, you’d probably like to hear a more concise response. Well, that is not a problem. There are numerous reasons for us choosing to teach Python over all of the other languages out there. One of the biggest of which is the massive demand for Python developers. 

Code Institute has a rule. We want to teach to students what industries need right now. We also like to look at future demands, so we spoke to businesses, and they concurred. Those that learn Python will be in demand for a very long time. 

You see, there is a business world around us where data is the most valued commodity. So, you’re probably wondering, what has that got to do with Python? Well, I’ll tell you. 

Python is easier to learn – Hello, World!

Now, don’t confuse the heading above with Python being an easy language to learn. The truth is, for complete beginners, Python is not what you would call “easy”. However, it is one of the more accessible programming languages to both teach and learn. The syntax is relatively simple. It uses plain English, and it is easier to tell the language to do something.

For example, the steps below show the difference between writing “Hello, World!” using both Python and Java. Note that Python uses far less code, and a lot less work is needed. In a nutshell, it’s less complicated. 

As a programming language, Python is in HUGE demand.

When Code Institute started to create its Full Stack Software Development programme, we considered many factors. Firstly, we wanted to create a course that was suitable for complete beginners that would give them the skills that they need to succeed as a software developer. To do this, we spoke to industry. We created what we call an Industry Advisory Council. We meet with this council regularly to find out what is needed from software developers right now. They tell us what skills are needed, and one that they say is highly valuable right now is Python. 

Think about it. Many of the significant developments in technology use Python. For example, and we’ll talk about this soon, Python is a big player in data science. It’s also enormous for streaming services like Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, Hulu, and more. Machine learning and artificial intelligence see it as being an essential language. Blockchain & YouTube, to name a few, use it too. And, there’s no denying that these few are considerable players in all of today’s industries. 

The key to Data Science

If you’re thinking about learning to programme because you want to become a data scientist, then it’s worth noting that Python is “the leading programming language for open data science”. 

As many technologies, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and more advance, so too does the demand for Python developers.

One of the reasons for its popularity in data science, AI and machine learning is that it comes with a massive store of built-in libraries. There is plenty of scope for functionality.

Another reason is how relatively easy it is to use. It means that data scientists can move faster.

Blockchain

While there may be a few popular languages for blockchain development, including Javascript, Java, C++, and more, Python is proving itself as a strong language. Once again, the wealth of libraries scores highly in Blockchain. 

Python for web development

Python, as a backend language, is wonderfully versatile. Once again, its relative simplicity is a key factor here. It’s hard to believe that this dynamically-typed language, which is nearly years in the making, is now one of the most popular languages in the world. Because it’s simple syntax is so similar to the English language, web developers who use it save a lot of time and energy.

Hugely popular programming language

Another reason for Code Institute choosing Python is down to popularity. Google “most popular programming languages”. The majority of lists that you will find will show Python consistently near the top. Right now, there are about 600 languages, so to even appear in the top ten is a big deal. 

Another very exciting ranking is that Microsoft’s GitHub puts it as the second most popular language in the world, just behind JavaScript. GitHub is where 40 million developers go to collaborate and to show off their work. 

According to PYPL (PopularitY of Programming Language), a language ranking index that ranks languages by analysing how often language tutorials are searched on Google, Python is the number one language in the world. Their data has shown that as a language, it “grew the most in the last five years (19.4%) and Java lost the most (-7.2%).”

Some will argue that being popular is one thing, but popularity doesn’t always relate to business or demand. So, it’s also nice that Python is ranked by Business Insider as one of the top languages to ensure that “you’ll always have a job”

Demand for software developers

The need for programmers has grown exponentially in recent years. It used to be all directed towards the IT industry, but it is now a significant factor in all sectors.

Learning to code online has major benefits that work well in today’s workforce. Those who learn from home gain the skills to work from home. It builds agility and shows learners how to collaborate in an online setting. 

If you want to see what it’s like to learn to programme online, then try our free 5 Day Coding Challenge. While this won’t teach you Python, it will teach you the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. By the end of five days, you will have built your first ever website. Register today through the form below.

Also, if you’re interested in finding out more about Code Institute’s Full Stack Software Development programme, join one of our live events. Here we talk about our programme, the demand for software developers, and much more.