Python is an interpreted, high-level, general-purpose programming language. First released in 1991, Python’s technological evolution is nothing short of miraculous.
One big advantage is that Python is relatively easy to use. The Python syntax is designed to be straightforward and readable. Consequently, the number of features in the language itself is modest. Beginning programmers normally produce their first efforts faster than with other languages.
This simplicity makes Python an ideal teaching language, and it lets newcomers pick it up quickly. As a result, developers spend more time thinking about the problem they’re trying to solve and less time thinking about language complexities or deciphering code left by others.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Python plays a small part in all of our lives. It’s one of those invisible forces with a presence in our mobile devices, web searches and gaming (and beyond).
Python is used by Wikipedia, Google, Yahoo, CERN and NASA, among many other organizations. YouTube, Instagram and Quora are among the countless sites that use Python. Much of Dropbox’s code is Python, Python has been used extensively by digital special effects house ILM (whose work spans across all of the Star Wars and Marvel films) and it’s a favorite of electronics titan Philips.
It’s often used as a “scripting language” for web applications. This means that it can automate a specific series of tasks, making it more efficient. Python (and languages like it) is often used in software applications, pages within a web browser, the shells of operating systems and some games.
The language is used in scientific and mathematical computing, and even in AI projects. It’s been successfully embedded in numerous software products, including visual effects compositor Nuke, 3D modelers and animation packages.
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