In the age of information and technology, many people consider choosing a career as a software developer. If you are indeed thinking of this, the first thing you’ll have to do is decide which programming language you want to start with. We have one suggestion in mind for you: Python. This article will act as a guide to provide you with basic information about why so many people love Python for web development. Hopefully it will help give you a better understanding of this beginner-friendly programming language.
What is Python?
Python is always a good suggestion if you’re in search of a simple and even fun programming language to learn first. Instead of having to get straight into strict syntax rules (the rules that control the structure of the symbols, punctuation, and words), Python reads like English and is easy to comprehend for a beginner in programming. This provides you with a basic knowledge of coding practices before getting your hands on more complex ones.
What is Python used for?
Although it is simple, Python has efficient high-level data structures and object-oriented programming so it serves a lot of purposes:
- We can use Python on a server to create web applications.
- We can use Python alongside software to create workflows.
- Python can connect to database systems. It can also read and modify files.
- We can use Python to handle big data and perform complex mathematics.
- We can use Python for rapid prototyping, or for production-ready software development.
Why choose Python for web development?
There are many reasons to choose Python as your first programming to learn. It not only can work on different platforms such as Windows, Mac, Linux,… but it also has a syntax that allows developers to write programs with fewer lines of code compared to some other languages. Python makes prototyping faster since it runs on an interpreter system, meaning that code can be executed as soon as it is written.
Python is especially ideal for web development since it gives a wide scope of frameworks such as Django, CherryPy, Grok, Flask and TurboGears. Instead of writing similar code for each project, Python developers can use ready-made components in the framework. Not only does this save effort and money, but it also reduces the time to get the project on board.
Python Syntax vs. other programming languages
People often recommend Python for beginners because of its simplicity. Compared to other major languages like C/C++ and Java, you need fewer lines of code the perform the same task with Python. Since Python’s readability is what makes it special, it has some similarities to the English language.
To complete a command, Python uses new lines – as opposed to other languages which often use semicolons or parentheses. It also depends on indentation to define scope, while other programming languages often use curly brackets.
Example of projects built with Python
At HBLAB, Python has been used in several small and large-scale projects by our well-seasoned talent pool. For more details on our projects using Python:
- Automating Receipt Digitization – HBLAB GROUP
- Real Estate Industry Digital Transformation – HBLAB GROUP