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Python: The Programming Language Of Beginners

It is an inevitable moment for every aspiring programmer that he should learn a programming language the moment he masters the basics of logic formulation. The ultimate expression of one’s logical thoughts is by putting them on code, an act of translating to the computer what the programmer wishes it to do. Many programming languages exist just like how there are hundreds of languages present in our society, but each one communicates in an intimate level to a computer in ways we cannot possibly imagine.

Many academic institutions introduce programming languages to novice programmers along the time when they are just starting out on their education. Basic concepts such as flowcharting or pseudocoding come to mind during these times, and students are often overwhelmed by delusions of building programs that can be the next big thing in the world of IT such as programs that can answer voice mail or a telephone, for instance.

Python: Pseudocode made real

The language of Python is a fairly recent development that programmers made as a close relation to pseudocoding, as the two are almost similar in the way they are constructed. This has made the language a very viable one to teach alongside the basics of programming as novice programmers can easily follow and translate their basic logic blocks into actual working code without being overwhelmed by the language itself. The other mature languages tend to be complicated in creating simple fragments of code and more often than not students find themselves researching more on the language’s syntax than figuring out why their programs went wrong.

Take a scenario where you wish to let the program display a message – the classic “Hello World” application that many programmers know and love. Most programming languages would require you to import libraries and design functions and methods before such a feat can be achieved. You would argue that, “But I only wanted the program to print a single line! Why would I need five or six lines to do that?” In Python, one only need to type in a single line of code (print “Hello World!”) and the program would immediately take care of things for you!

Simplicity and Elegance

As mentioned earlier, Python bears strong resemblances to actual pseudocoding. This is why they can guess how to code in Python just by looking at the pseudocode that they have devised. It helps a lot that Python boasts a powerful dynamic interface that sort of acts as a translator between the programmer and the computer itself. With this interface you can code on the go while Python keeps a regular check if your program is working as intended or encounters an error. Type in “5+1” on the line and Python immediately answers with 6!

For Beginners and Experts Alike

While many programming professors have found enjoyment in imparting the basics of programming through Python, many experts around the world have also found an epiphany in revisiting this simple yet powerful language. Indeed, a lot of applications have sprung in the IT universe that has been built on this language. Even the Internet boasts websites with Python on its helm. One could even think that the future of programming and development lies in simple languages such as Python!

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Leiden Johnson is a photographer by trade but loves all those geeky, tech stuff and the outdoors. If she's not working or going out, you can see her in front of her computer either writing about anything or playing MMORPG’s which helps her to be more creative in her photoshoots. Follow her on Twitter.

8 Comments

  1. I have read About Python when I started reading about scripting Languages. Yes it is nice Language to work upon for Scripting Rechniques. Thanks for sharing

  2. I only heard about this language. but never read it.
    b’coz in today’s era there is everybody want to learn new and latest language and its features no body go deep.
    but really thanks for sharing this blog.
    this attract my mind for Python.

  3. Hi Leiden, I can’t tell how glad I am about your post. Python is actual my greatest hobby nest to Grasshopper and Processing, it’s such a great programming language to visualize algorithms and parametric definitions in the virtual 3d space. Python scripts can be run in Maya and Grasshopper as well, and this one increases the possibilities of 3d art in an amazing way!

  4. I have built quite complex programs using Python, especially web-based apps, including a search engine spider. Python made that task very easy. I later recoded the same application in C and it took literally about 10 times as long.
    Python includes a lot of advanced functionality for doing complex tasks, and the syntax is much simpler than low-level languages.

  5. I wonder if Programming is going to evolve such that this programming language becomes one of the most used because of it’s simplicity

  6. Indeed, this articles gives knowledge for beginners and I include myself here. I don’t have skills in programming that’s why I treat this as a good information to me. Really appreciate it.

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