🐍 Python is a useful and versatile programming language¶
Although it is true that depending on the source there are between 700 and 9000 programming languages, currently the most used are only 50 of them, among which is Python. This programming language is used to develop all kinds of applications and since it is an interpreted language, it is not required to compile it to execute the instructions that are written in Python, but through a program called an interpreter, the instructions are executed directly by the Python script. computer, that is, it is not necessary to convert it to machine language.
On the other hand, Python is very similar to human language and therefore very easy to read and write. Another of its great advantages is that it is a multiplatform language, so that it can be used in any of the different operating systems and it is open source, which means that it is completely free. Thanks to its wide possibilities and its simplicity, Python has been gaining more and more followers in recent years.
This programming language has a general purpose, so that its instructions, procedures and data structures are designed to solve any type of problem. This is why big technology companies such as Facebook, Google and Instagram build parts of their technology packages with Python. However, this programming language is also used to build any type of projects that are in between points and basic programs.
With Python, endless fields get along well, not only because of its simplicity, but also because of its great power when it comes to processing data. That is why every day more companies request Python experts and this language has resurfaced in the workplace. Let’s name some of its main applications:
Big data and data analysis:¶
Python has a large number of data processing libraries and that is why it can both analyze and manage a large volume of data in real time, so it can transform a large amount of data into useful information, being especially advantageous in these two areas.
Analyzing large databases to predict future trends is what data mining does, where Python can be very beneficial when it comes to organization, data cleaning and the use of machine learning algorithms, greatly simplifying this type of analysis.
Previously scientists used Matlab when working with a large number of data, but after the creation of numerical engines such as “NumPy” or “Pandas”, they make Python the programming language par excellence for this type of tasks.
Much of the advancement of artificial intelligence is due precisely to this programming language, since Python has the ability to carry out complex ideas in very few lines, together with the large number of existing frameworks.
The Blockchain database known worldwide for being the one that supports cryptocurrencies works quite well with Python, since this language is characterized by its versatility, speed and security, being very useful when forming block chains, in addition to allows developers to generate a simple blockchain in just a few lines of code, thus making a very complex process simple.
Machine learning, as well as robotics and artificial intelligence, are capable of learning by themselves as they process data. This is how they acquire increasingly important information when making the right decisions and Python is very effective in this area, so that it has become essential in data processing.
This programming language allows you to develop very complex websites but with fewer lines of code, as well as being optimized and lighter. For example, Django is part of the Python frameworks and has now become one of the most popular, as it can be very useful when creating secure and dynamic websites. On the other hand, Python is widely used to obtain information from all kinds of websites, just like Instagram, Pinterest or Netflix do.
3D graphics and games:¶
Another of the strengths of this programming language is its enormous capacity when it comes to handling 3D graphics, since they have a large number of existing tools and frameworks, with Blender, PyGame or Arcade being some of the More popular. For example, Battlefield 2, which is one of the best-known war action games, both the animations, the graphics engine and its different functionalities, were made using Python.
Python includes an interactive mode¶
The Python interpreter has an interactive mode where instructions can be typed. There you will be able to enter the instructions one by one and be able to see the result of your evaluation immediately, so that you can test parts of the code interactively, before adding it as part of the program. This of course is very useful when it comes to finding possible errors, without having to wait for the entire program to run to see if that small portion works or not.
Another of its advantages is that the programs can be designed in a modular way and only one of the modules can be reused in other projects, being very easy to export or import. Also, being an open source language, anyone can create extensions or make modifications to this language, have libraries, frameworks and other tools that allow the language to adapt to needs over time. If there is a community of users who are committed to the language, open source will always live up to its full potential.
The Python Software Foundation has a forum on its website, capable of linking to various community groups and there you can find endless peers to receive tutorials, advice or inspiration.