Python Introduction – What is Python? What can Python do?

Python is a popular programming language that was created by Guido van Rossum and released in 1991.

It can be used for:

  • software development
  • web development (server-side)
  • system scripting
  • mathematics

Python can be used…

1.) on a server to create web applications.

2.) alongside software to create workflows.

3.) to connect to database systems. It can also read and modify files.

4. to handle big data and perform complex mathematics.

5.) for rapid prototyping, or for production-ready software development.

Benefits of using Python

1.) Works on different platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi

2.) Beginner friendly. Simple syntax similar to the English language.

3.) Has syntax that allows developers to write programs with fewer lines than some other programming languages.

4.) Runs on an interpreter system, meaning that code can be executed as soon as it is written.

5.) Can be treated in a procedural way, an object-oriented way, or a functional way.

Python vs. other programming languages

1.) Python is easy to use and has some similarities to the English language and influence from mathematics.

2.) Python uses new lines to complete a command instead of other programming languages that often use semicolons or parentheses.

3.) Python relies on indentation using whitespace to define scope. Other programming languages often use curly brackets for this.

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