When beginning to learn the craft of programming, one of the decisions you have to make is which language to tackle first. There are so many programming languages, the choice may seem overwhelming – what happens if you pick the wrong one?! Well… there’s always the Turing Theory of Completeness, but that’s way down the line!
Keep in mind that programming languages aren’t “good” or “bad,” they’re tailored for specific purposes/functions. That said, some are definitely easier to learn than others. Python’s forgiving nature makes it more suitable for a novice developer.
In this post, we’re going to quickly explore why a budding coder should start with the versatile Python.
Python is available under an open source license – which means it’s free for anyone to use. There are tons of libraries to reference and samples of code that you can use in your own projects to make things easier.
Python also has very active and supportive community. The Python Software Foundation focuses on protecting and promoting Python by supporting the growth of an international community of Python programmers.
They host the annual Python conference in North America and support additional conferences in many countries around the world.
You can also find many Python enthusiast groups to help keep you up-to-date and motivated. A quick search on Meetup.com will show that there’s a Python group in over 400 cities in 70 countries.
Preparation for Success
Have you ever tried to learn something new, then found it so difficult that you felt like you were just spinning your wheels and not making any progress? Chances are the whole experience was too frustrating and you ended up quitting.
This is why picking a coding language that’s easier for a beginner to learn is so important. You want to position yourself for success, not failure and frustration.
Python was written with the novice in mind. It’s a high level language and reads a lot like English, often using real words instead of punctuation.
Its syntax is simple and easy on the eyes, with the use of white space (indentation) instead of curly brackets.
To top it off, it’s concise – Python requires fewer lines of code than many other languages to do the job.
Sought After Language
Python is a widely used language that serves well in many applications.
Used by companies such as Yahoo! and Google, it also powers popular apps such as Instagram and Pinterest.
Python is in high demand. Surveys on the most popular languages usually have a little bit of subjectivism. However, Python frequently appears as the most popular, sough after language. A go-to resource for language ranking is http://www.tiobe.com/tiobe-index/ – which has ranked Python 5th (out of so many) two years in a row.
In Ireland, the demand for Python developers is steadily increasing. This demand, coupled with a shallow talent pool has raised Python salaries..
A successful career as a programmer begins with a good grasp of the technologies you will be working with. Of all the programming languages out there to choose from, the “best” language for you is the one that you can learn and use effectively.