What is Python?
Python is a high-level programming language that focuses on user readability. It is a fantastic language to start to learn programming as it lets programmers code in fewer steps and syntax complexities in comparison with Java or C++. Python is the most popular programming language in the world right now, because Google has made it one of its official programming languages!
This isn't to say that it's the best programming language, as all programming languages have various strengths and weaknesses. Python's biggest strength is its accessibility, ease of learning and the enormous community of programmers and educators who can provide support to learn it effortlessly.
Why Start With Python?
Python is a very beginner friendly language, and almost anyone can start learning Python without having any prior experience in coding. It doesn't matter if you're a 50 year old sales executive who wants to learn something new, or a 20 year old art major who wants to increase their skills or even a 5 year old who wants to start learning to code and requires something simple to start off with.
Python has proven to be especially effective for teaching young kids, due to its simple syntax and "English-ness". Kids as early as 5 years old, often start with Python and by the age of 8 can be fluent in additional languages like Java and C++. This is because Python helps them develop the solid framework and logic utilized in coding, rather than having them focus on a lot of difficult syntax and code structure. This helps build their interest and gives them a great kickoff into the world of computer science.
There are over 30 million free resources available on the internet to assist learners throughout their Python learning experience. With the addition of websites like Stackoverflow, Reddit and Github, community support is always available to beginners and programmers in need of assistance.
Python is also extremely popular because of its amazing cross functionality. It has the most extensive distribution of libraries, pre-written code, to support a ton of applications in data science, art, animation, health, security and more. These libraries make it really simple for even the most novice of coders, to build complex applications that would be hard to create completely from scratch.
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Stats from Stackoverflow.com show Python as the most popular programming language with the most viewed and answered questions. It's also the most in-demand language for employers and big companies including Google, YouTube, Facebook, IBM, NASA, Hotjar, Dropbox, Yahoo, Mozilla, Instagram, Reddit and more. So if you're looking for a job, Python is definitely a must-have language for your resume.
At present, the average salary of a Python programmer in the US is $115,737! And on websites like freelancer.com, Python jobs can pay anywhere from $24 to $270,113! Stackoverflow's 2017 Developer Survey, revealed that Python is the most sought after and in-demand language in the market right now.
Education systems around the world are gradually realising the importance of learning computer science, even for early ages. Schools in countries like the UK, Estonia and Singapore have introduced Python in their curriculum and the response so far has been extremely positive. As a matter of fact, in the UK, Python has replaced French, as the most popular second language among students. Even universities like MIT and UC Berkeley are teaching undergraduate computer science students Python before moving on to other languages.
We, and whole lot of others, see Python as the best gateway into the world of programming. Its benefits outweigh all the restraints beginner programmers may face, and since coding is a must, Python seems to be a must for everybody too! Wouldn't you agree?