Compared to many languages, Python is easy to learn and use. As a result, it is now one of the most commonly used programming languages in the world. Python’s functions can be carried out with simpler commands and less text than most competing languages. And this might explain why it has so many uses across the world.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Python plays a small part in all of our lives. It’s one of those invisible forces with a presence in our mobile devices, web searches and gaming (and beyond). Here’s an introduction to the language itself, and some of the everyday but profound things that Python is used for.
Python – The Basics
Before exploring all the uses Python has for our lives today, it’s best to understand how the language was developed and some information about how it works. This can help you understand python’s application to your life and projects.
What is Python?
Python was created in 1991 by Dutch programmer Guido Van Rossum. It is an interpreted language. This means that it has an interpreter to execute the programme directly, as opposed to depending on more complicated machine languages. In fact, Van Rossum wants Python to eventually be as understandable and clear as plain English. He has also made the language open source, which means that anyone can contribute to it, and he hopes that it will become as powerful as competing languages.
“Readability” is a key factor in Python’s philosophy. As such, it aims to limit code blocks (blocks of source code text) and have white space instead, for a clearer, less busy appearance. It’s a versatile language that runs on many systems, which brings us to…
What can Python be used for?
Not surprisingly, given its accessible and versatile nature, Python is among the top five most popular languages in the world. Python is used by Wikipedia, Google (where Van Rossum used to work), Yahoo!, CERN and NASA, among many other organisations. We’ve rounded up some of the common uses for Python below for you to explore:
6 Common Uses for Python
1. AI & Machine Learning
It is widely thought that Python is the best programming language for Artificial Intelligence (AI) because of its syntaxes being simple and quickly learnt. When it comes to machine learning, the ideas exchange platform, “Towards Data Science”, tells us that 57% of data scientists and machine learning developers utilise it, with 33% prioritising it for development.
2. Data Analytics
Many of the most popular data mining tools are written in Python. As a result, it is an excellent tool for data science. Python’s tools allow developers to separate important and relevant data. Not only is big data useful for retaining customers, but it can also be deciphered in a way that helps organisations learn more about themselves. This type of information can show businesses where their weaknesses are and allow them to react once identified.
3. Web Development
Python, as a backend language, is wonderfully versatile. Its relative simplicity is a key factor here. It’s hard to believe that this dynamically-typed language, which is 30 years in the making, is now one of the most popular languages in the world. Because its simple syntax is so similar to the English language, web developers who use it save a lot of time and energy.
Python helps SEO professionals automate tasks and assists them in extracting and analysing large amounts of data.
6. Game Development
Python is widely used for game development with interactive games. Libraries like PySoy and PyGame offer functionality.
Everyday Places You’ve Seen Python
Like other coding languages, Python is one of the unseen elements that we benefit from without knowing it.
YouTube, Instagram and Quora are among the countless sites that use Python. Much of Dropbox’s code is Python (where Van Rossum works now), Python has been used extensively by digital special effects house ILM (whose work spans across all of the Star Wars and Marvel films) and it’s a favourite of electronics titan Philips.
How can you use Python?
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We at Code Institute are among Python’s legion of fans – our students find it relatively easy to pick up; it has a countless, ever-expanding list of applications and (perhaps most importantly) it’s probably the hottest language in the ICT world right now.