The Importance Of Learning to Code Python

Why learning Python is so important.

Why learning Python is so important.

Python is a multi-paradigm programming language that has primarily been developed as a more concise, straightforward, and easy-to-understand alternative to other major languages such as C, Java and Perl. Python programming is designed to be highly standardized, with a clear protocol for any task and little to no need for coming up with elaborate patchwork solutions to get something done.

It's one of the world's most popular programming languages, and is commonly used by major companies for web development purposes. Google has used it for much of their web spider and search engine code, Yahoo built their "Groups" and "Maps" features with it, and the Central Intelligence Agency built their entire website with it.

In addition to web development, Python can be found in commercial games, business software, educational applications, animation systems and many other different types of software. 

Is Python A Good First Programming Language To Learn?

Even though it has not yet been adopted as a first language by many computer science programs, Python is widely seen by industry experts as a great first programming language when learning to code.

For starters, the syntax of Python is simpler than that of most other major programming languages, with fewer exceptions and special cases. It also tends to use plain English keywords in place of the system of punctuation that has to be memorized in other languages, making it easier to learn to code. Given these conventions, Python code tends to appear as less of a "jumble" to newcomers than it does in comparable languages.

Another great feature of Python is the ubiquity of its use. While Python is optimized for development on Linux and Unix systems, interpreters are available for just about every major operating system. All implementations of Python are supported by an excellent standard library, which means that new students can very quickly move on to creating actual functional programs that are useful. Additionally, the standard implementation of Python, CPython, is free and open source.

What Type Of Jobs Are Available To Python Programmers?

In the job market, Python is often looked at as a strong secondary supplemental language to a primary language that is more broadly used like C or Java. There are a variety of jobs that one can get focusing exclusively on Python development, however. Many of these jobs will be in building and improving the internal tools that a company uses to create its finished marketable products, rather than working on the finished product itself.

One specific economic sector where the presence of Python programming is particularly strong is the geospatial industry. This is a critical industry that deals in navigational tools such as GPS, radar and light measurements.

If you're interested in web applications, Python is a better choice for development (working with the back-end or server side) rather than design (creating the actual finished front-end that site visitors interact with). As mentioned previously, Google employed Python for many components of its search engine, and it is quite widely used in the data mining industry.

Finally, Python can also be used for game development. Some famous examples of games developed either entirely or in large part with Python include EVE Online, Civilization IV, the Battlefield game series and the Mount & Blade games. The popular development environment Blender is written in Python.

A great resource to get a broad idea of all the possibilities for employment as a Python programmer is the "Success Stories" page at Python.org.

Is Python Right For You?

Python an exceptionally solid and flexible language that has many different applications and is very welcoming to newcomers. If you're planning on going on to a long programming career and learning multiple languages, you'll continually find uses for Python if it's in your toolbox.

So, how do you get it in your toolbox? Learn to code at a programming school. And not just any coding school, but one that offers coding bootcamps that can get you into the job market more quickly. Check out our coding classes right here.

Jan Wagner
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