Our guide to Python
 
 
Jane McGuire

Our guide to Python

Published February 12 2016

Despite being named after the famous British comedy group, Monty Python, this coding language is no joke. All puns aside, if you are looking to learn how to code, Python is a good place to start. Created in the late 1980’s, by Guido van Rossum, you probably encounter this general programming language every day (if you’ve scrolled down your Instagram feed before reading this, you already have). So why choose to go on a Python course? We’ve done some research so you don’t have to, so if you feel ready to jump into the world of coding, here’s our dummies guide to python.  

 

Why python?

One of the most easy to use codes around, forget brackets and symbols, Python closely resembles the English language. Python has a number of PEP 8 rules –a simple way to tell all Python users how to format their code. Although it might seem a bit overwhelming at first, the joy of Python means whether you are a complete beginner, or an experienced coder, every script you pick up and read will look the same.

Another great thing about Python is the large library already out there that supports many common programming tasks. This has been built up over decades and released to the public. What does it actually mean for you? If you need the code to connect to a web server, or read and modify files, it will already be out there for you to install and use in your own projects.

 

How is Python any different to other languages?

This is a good question and one that would take us a long time to answer. Python is often compared to languages such as Java, JavaScript and Perl, so to make things that little bit simpler we have outlined the main differences here.

Java – although there are a lot of similarities, many programmers agree that Python is an easier language for novice programmers to get their heads around. Python programmes take much less time to develop and the syntax designed to be simple, yet Java is useful for developing applications that will run on any platform.

Java Script – the object-based subset of the two makes them pretty similar, however unlike JavaScript, Python supports larger programmes.

Perl – Python and Perl come from a similar background, yet have different philosophies. Whilst Perl emphasises support for common application-orientated task, Python focuses on common programme methodologies, and encourages programmers to write readable code.

 

Why do I need to go on a course?

Coding can be a tricky business when you are first getting your head around it. Like learning a second language, it is always good to have an expert on hand to help you when you get stuck. A Python course is a great place to learn from an experienced tutor, whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced coder.

Although every course will be slightly different, all of them will cover the built in functions of the programme, including keywords, symbols, colons, indentations and Python statements. A statement is a vital part of coding, which tells the computer when to execute the instructions you are writing. We can’t guarantee you will leave ready to build your own app, or design your own computer game, but you will certainly be one step closer.

As mentioned above, Python is often considered to be a good first language to learn due to its simplicity and similarity to the English language. Coding is the fastest growing industries in the world right now, so if you are thinking about adding training to your CV, you’re heading in the right direction. 

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