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Overview of Python

What is Python?

Python is the popular high-level, interpreted, interactive and object-oriented scripting language. It was created in 1991 by Guido van Rossum in the late eighties and early nineties at the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands.

Python is derived from so many other languages including ABC, Modula-3, C, C++, Algol-68, SmallTalk, and UNIX shell and other scripting languages.

Python is copyrighted like Perl, Its source code is now available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

It is used for:

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

Uses of Python:

  • Python is use to create web applications.
  • Python is use to create workflows.
  • Python can connect to database systems.
  • It can also read and modify files.
  • Python is use to handle big data and perform complex mathematics.
  • Python can be used for rapid prototyping

Why Python?

  • Python can works on different platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, etc).
  • Python has a simple syntax similar to the English language.
  • Python has syntax that allows developers to write programs with fewer lines than some other programming languages.
  • Python runs on an interpreter system, meaning that code can be executed as soon as it is written. This means that prototyping can be very quick.
  • Python may be treated in a procedural way, an object-orientated way or a functional way.