When you learn to code Python, what do you want to do with your new talent? It’s likely you’ll start someplace small as a junior developer and then move on up, attaining more and more responsibility as you go.
But what if what you coded really takes off? What if that project you’re working on goes on to change the world? That’s what can happen to the students who go through our coding school. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous uses for Python.
Let’s start this list off with a bang. Google is, of course, the most popular search engine in the world. It’s used in its mainframes and for the apps that you’ll run into as you use the main site.
Python is one of the three most commonly-used languages by Google. Though just about every language is used for some specialized reason within Google, the three most popular are Python, C++ and Java. Google has its share of people who work only in Python, but when you’re working at such a big company it’s a good idea to know how to code one of those other languages as well. We’ve heard that Google likes to use Python for everything that it can, but for the things Python can’t do they’ll use C++ or Java. So you can learn to code Python as a primary language and be in demand, or you learn one of those other languages and then breeze through our Python coding bootcamp and learn it as a second language.
Believe it or not, Google is less than 20 years old, even though it feels like it’s been part of the world forever, (Of course, if you’re younger than 25, it really has been part of your entire life.) If you learn to code in Python, maybe some day a project you’re working on will get it’s own verb: “Just google it.” That’s when you know you’ve made it!
When YouTube started up back in 2005, it had a quality that everything else lacked: it actually worked! Ten years ago there were so many competing video players on the web that you had to download a driver or an update (or the entire player) every time you wanted to watch something. You’d click the play button and hope for the best. If you sent a link to your grandma, there’s no way she was going to see it without you getting on the phone and helping her fix the situation.
Remember back in this blog when we said that Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python, spent years at Google before moving on to Dropbox? Most people think he made the move because so much of Dropbox is built on Python, while it’s simply one of many languages at Google. Why not go someplace where your digital offspring is king?
If you don’t use Dropbox, you probably should. It’s one of the easiest ways to share large files online, allowing you to use them from anywhere you have cloud access.
Quora is a site that allows anyone to ask a question and anyone to answer it. These answers are then upvoted or downvoted, and users can suggest edits to make the answers even more accurate. It’s like Wikipedia on the fly.
Here’s a meta situation: on Quora there’s the question “Why did Quora choose Python for its development.” Quora was started by some Facebook employees, and Facebook uses a lot of PHP. But they felt that Facebook was stuck on PHP and would move to a better language if given the opportunity. In their opinion, PHA was handicapping Facebook, and they spent a lot of time trying to decide how to build Quora; switching languages is incredibly time-consuming and costly. When they created Quora, it just made more sense to move to a more agile language such as Python.
They went with Python for many reasons. First, it’s easy to learn to code, which is important at a startup since there will be many cooks in the soup. Second, Python’s history as a continuously-growing language, including the ready availability of libraries, made it an easy choice. Third, coding in Python is fast when compared to many other languages, another important need for a startup. Finally, Python simply did nearly everything they needed it to. In the few instances they needed something that Python it couldn’t, a little C++ fixed the issue.
Read more about why they chose Python over other languages directly from one of their code writers right here.
So there you go: four big companies whose services you probably use every day that wouldn’t be where they are today without using Python. The fact is, learn to code Python and you’ll be in demand. Become and expert and you could be working for these global companies. Our Python classes start April 17th, so sign up today!