There are an estimated 700 programming languages, and Python is the fastest-growing programming language, so what is Python, What is behind it’s popularity and why should you learn it?

What Is Python?

Biology has its definition of Python and we the computer scientists have ours.

Python is a general-purpose programming language that is beginner-friendly due to its easy syntax.

Created in 1989 by computer scientist Guido Van Rossum who wanted a programming language that was beautiful to look at and easy to read.

Python uses indentation instead of curly brackets to represent a block of code, this makes it easy for anyone to understand we’re a block of code starts and where it ends.

Python allows you to write programs and solve problems with fewer lines of code, thus the language is popular with Software Engineers, Data Scientists, Hackers, AI and ML scientists other IT professionals, and even kids.

Why Learn Python In 2021

In 2015 Stackoverflow surveyed for The Most Loved Programming Language In 2015 and Python performed poorly placed at position 10.

Fast forward to 2020 the same survey was conducted and Python was placed at position 3 after Rust and TypeScript.

Python also topped the Stackoverflow charts as The Most In-Demand Language in 2020.

If you’re new to programming then you need all the help you can get, that will not be an issue with Pythons’ huge and awesome community, you can find us on Facebook, Geekulcha, Instagram, Twitter, Medium whatever you prefer.

Not forgetting Pythons rich libraries, what are libraries you may ask? Well they are tools that, do all the hard work for you.

A good example is a graphical user interface library, if we didn’t have those we would have to know a lot about our pixels; which one is on and which is off then write our code based on that.

Luckily we avoid all that work and use libraries, Python has a library for everything, you just need to learn how to use them.

The Most Important reason; Salary scale and popularity amongst employers.

According to Indeed.com a Python developer gets paid an average of R459 105 annually this amount rises with experience.

So introduction to Python done and dusted, we will be starting with Python variables in our next article.