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Python Basics, Python 101!

Python is one of the high-level programming languages in this age. It is both an object-oriented programming language and a structural language. If you are still in a dilemma of whether or not to learn python, this article can help you reach a better conclusion.

Python Definition

As mentioned earlier, Python is a high-level general-purpose programming language developed by Guido Van Rossum in the late 1980s. It was later first released in 1991. Since then, python has undergone many developments making it easier for other developers and tech industries to use it.

Why choose python?

1. Easy installation process

Python installation is done in just a few minutes. All you have to do is:
• Browse the python version you want to install.
• Download the chosen python installer.
• Run the downloaded executable file.
• Install the preferred python version while agreeing to the said terms.
• Start your program. The basic python code for a beginner is:
print (“Hello world”)
This simple code lets you know that everything is properly installed and hence you can start writing your programs.

2. Easy to learn

One major python benefit is that its code is closely similar to the English language. For example, it’s easier to understand what the code written above is used for, that is to return the phrase ‘Hello world’.

Compared to other programming languages, python programs have fewer lines which are easier to understand. The codes are also executed once writing the code is over making work easier.

Also, you don't need to learn python in a physical institution. So many self-taught programmers used the power of the internet to gain their knowledge.

3. It is widely used.

Python is an all-purpose programming language which means it can be used for almost anything. Major companies like Google, Spotify, Netflix, and many more use the language in their applications. Other uses are mentioned below.

What can python be used for?

1. Building calculators

Yes, you heard me right. Mathematical calculators that you use online have been built using some python paradigm. Of course, these calculators have been built under many complex algorithms that may be hard to understand at the beginner level.

Still, it's possible to build your basic calculator even at a beginner level using the following code. Just make sure you are familiar with various data types in python.

Num1 = input (“Enter the first number”)
Num2 = input (“Enter the second number”)
Result = int (Num1) + int (Num2)
Print (result)
You can change the operator to any mathematical operator type you want.

2. Web applications

Although HTML and JavaScript are the prime languages for web development, python is still widely used in creating web applications.

For instance, python frameworks like Django and Pyramid can be used in building server-side web applications.
Websites like Amazon and Pinterest have applied python algorithms to their platforms.

3. Creating mobile apps

It's easy to create an app that functions. The reason for the ease is the use of python in the formations. Various widely known apps have been built on python foundations like Netflix, Quora, Uber, and many more.

The good news is that you don’t need years of experience to build your first app. You can even do it after one month of learning python basic programs.

4. Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence and Machine learning have become the face of almost everything globally. Many fields including data science, robotics, businesses and many more use it in their day-to-day activities. It’s obvious that you also use these fields daily without knowing it.

The most interesting part is that python is widely applied in these fields. Python plays a major role in building neural networks and making predictions.

Also, several libraries present in python languages like NumPy and Pandas helps in data cleaning, data analysis, and data visualization hence an important tool in data science.

For example, the DropBox Desktop Client was created fully from the python program.

Bottom Line

Python is one of the finest programming languages to have been developed. If you are thinking of starting the coding work, python is a good option for you.

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