Why learn coding in Python?
Updated: Jul 28, 2019
There are lots of reasons to learn to code so why learn coding in Python?. Well, first why learn coding at all? It teaches amazing problem solving skills, logical thinking and most importantly it creates the technologies of the future. Don't just take our word for it, Bill Gates, will.I.am, Mark Zuckerberg all think you should learn to code. You should learn how to code not specifically to become a software engineer in the future but because our world is rapidly turning into one that functions on code and most people want to be on the right side of this revolution.
But for most people deciding where to start can be daunting. At codetoday we teach coding using Python as we believe it's the best place to start. Python is one of the most popular coding languages. It's used by companies like Google, SpaceX and Instagram to create products and services and by their data analysts and scientists behind the scenes.
Python as a coding language is very simple to read and write, whilst also being extremely flexible and having a great community behind it. Rather than tell you why don't we show you? This simple command tells the computer to print:
And here's the same bit of code using Java, a more complex but still popular language:
It's rather obvious which is going to be easier.
Python is in use across a wide range of industries; automating processes, app functionality and in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Hollywood special effects: So remember every film you've seen with massive explosions and special effects? A host of companies who create these use Python as their programming language. Using Python allows them to create toolkits which they use on mulitple projects and thus cut the time and cost of creating custom effects.
File-sharing applications: You may be familiar with apps like dropbox? Dropbox was built using Python. After more than a decade it's still in use. Yep the infrastructure that powers Dropbox across Macs and PCs uses Python!
Web applications: Python is used to run various parts of some of today’s most popular websites, including Pinterest, Instagram, Spotify, and YouTube.
Artificial intelligence: Python is very popular amongst deveopers of artificial intelligence. It's easy to use and incredibly flexible and this simply makes it very popular. For example a business could build a chatbot based on Python in a matter of hours to automate interaction with customers. They could go a step further and create a predictive model to tailor the conversation, the options are endless.
All in all Python is the best place to start a coding journey. Apart from all the great reasons above Python is often a great jumping off point to learn other languages as the approach to coding varies little.