Today you will learn about the many reasons to learn Python in 2020, how to start, and what the programming language can be used for. If you want to code apps, websites, tools, and even games, then you should be learning Python. It’s one of the easiest languages to learn for beginners, is sophisticated enough to handle high level subjects like artificial intelligence, and has so many use cases that you can start and finish projects from day one.
What is Python used for?
The Python programming language was created by Guido van Rossum and initially released back in 1991. Simply put, it’s been around for a while, and it has been used for so many different innovations that it truly is the best multi-purpose programming language available.
- General scripting – Automating small tasks, organizing or changing files, analyzing data, and so much more
- Website logic – Storing information in database, handling user input, providing data to an HTML page, and managing every aspect of complicated website projects
- GUI software / apps – You can use Python with certain third-party wrappers and dependencies to create custom software that can run on any operating system
- Command line programs to manage quizzes, small games, data entry tools, web crawlers, and so much more
- Robots, machine automation, and device control
- Bots and automated scripts for gaming, web browsing, and other repeatable actions or sequences
- Machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data analysis
There is obviously a long, long list of projects you can create with Python. This is mainly because of its diverse nature, but also due to the large number of Python developers and available libraries that ensure Python stays powerful for years to come.
Libraries and resources for Python
Python is one of the most popular programming languages, and as a result of that fame (or perhaps the reason for that game) there are countless libraries and dependencies you can use. From image manipulation to extremely complex artificial intelligence, you can make your life easy if you install libraries from your favorite repositories. This is extremely simple to do and including these dependencies in your projects is even easier.
Unlike certain languages, Python is extremely well documented and researched online because of the sheer number of developers falling in love with the language each year. In fact, at this time there are over 100,000 Python repositories on GitHub. There are millions of pages across the internet dedicated to the topic, tutorials, and helping people learn the language or use it for personal, school, and work projects.
Python is easy to learn
One of the main reasons Python is one of the easiest programming language for a beginner to learn is the lack of syntax requirements. While other languages might require a semi-colon at the end of each line, Python just needs you to press ENTER and start a new line underneath it. Some languages require curly braces or other weird symbols, but Python makes great use of new lines and tab / spacing indents to represent inheritance and parts of your code. It’s a lot easier to read and write code when you get rid of all the odd symbols that other languages use. This makes Python the ideal language for beginners.
On top of the general ease of learning and the high amount of resources, there are also many free tutorials and online schools for Python. Check out the internet’s favorites below…
Programming with Python for money
Although you may not hear about Python as much as HTML or PHP, I can assure you that it is in high demand, is used in many businesses, websites, and services, and you can definitely write Python for a living. The average salary for a Python developer can vary depending on area, experience, and the project work, but is generally quite high compared to web designers or PHP developers. Programmers using Python are able to create so many different things on all of the major platforms, so there is little they can’t do. It’s easy to learn, even easier to master and use daily, and the language overall allows coders to push out projects and scripts faster than with most other languages. This is ideal for startups and businesses that are constantly testing new ideas, altering their existing products or services, and constantly needing programmers at their desk. The profit potential is huge compared to creating services with other languages, so this leaves Python salaries quite high.
You can get a job writing Python code rather easily and many employers don’t even mind if you don’t have a college degree as long as you can produce clean and efficient code. Not only that, you can always try your hand at freelancing, or creating your own services to sell outright or offer for a monthly subscription fee. There’s so much you can do to automate tasks and tedious responsibilities, so pretty much every business can save money and time with a Python developer nearby.
Python is fun
Lastly, I need you to understand how much fun Python actually is. Because of its lack of syntax requirements, high number of available libraries and online resources, ease of learning, and multiple use cases for almost any platform, there is little you can’t do with the language. This pretty much means that the limit to your Python projects is the limit of your imagination…
In other words, you can unleash your brightest, biggest, or even silliest of ideas in this programming language.
Get started with Python programming
If you want to start learning Python, I highly recommend checking out some of my other articles. You can read about these 4 projects for beginners in Python, or even try to replicate some of these projects to create in 1 day (although these are more difficult).
Better yet, check out the official Code Forum where you can get help learning Python or contribute in other ways for almost any other programming language!