When starting off with learning computer science, programming can seem a bit daunting. The most common question an aspiring IT engineer will think about is what computer language to learn first. And more importantly, why pick that language.
When it comes to picking the right computer programming language to learn for a beginner, one should first consider what will be useful on a job in the future. The second point of consideration is to choose what one will most likely be comfortable with. When new to computer programming, it is important to feel encouraged when you are able to immediately use what you learn in building something.
Learning a popular programming like C++ maybe heavily advised, but memory management or writing of own data structures can be tough for a beginner. But Python comes as an easy solution to all of this! Even if it runs slower than C++, it is way easier to write and learning basic programming concepts becomes easy. Here are a few reasons why you should learn Python, especially if you are new to programming:
- The syntax is simple: The core principle of Python as mentioned in the book, “The Zen of Python” :
- Simple coding
- Beauty in coding
- Readability is an important aspect
Python, as we see, is designed from the start with the concept of keeping it simple. It is certainly a breath of fresh air when compared to more complex languages which may not be very user-friendly. Let’s look at an example to study the difference:
Here is the piece of code for just saying “Good Morning”
In C ++:
The same in Python is just:
This certainly shows how simple Python is!
- Easy to Set up and Run: A lot of programming beginners get discouraged even before they start writing their very first program. This is because of the elaborate install, set up of complicated project directories and compilation of code. But Python only requires you to down, run the installer and run the code python <your-script>.py. There is no need for creation or compilation of complicated directory structure. Python allows one to learn concepts of programming even before getting into details of translation to machine-level code from high-level code which can be learned at a later date, not necessarily in the beginning.
- Debugging is easy: The hardest task for a beginner in programming is debugging. It is during debugging when one learns the inner workings of the language. Python has a great error reporting and handling method that makes it easy for you to get to know the language.
- Large standard library: Python’s standard library comes with a massive 300+ modules that range from database to HTTP server. A lot of things that one may want to do with Python is already done and made available in these standard libraries. This saves you a massive amount of precious time where you can avoid rewriting codes yourself. It pretty much works like apps in machine learning.
- The Python Community: Python has a huge supporting community which means you get tons of third-party libraries and a lot of people who will help you out.
Regardless of one’s skill level, the above points are some of the most prominent reasons why one must learn Python. Python is ranked well above other top programming languages by many resources. Coming to the crucial question of use in employability – it is the 2nd most demanded language by employers meaning there is a good chance you will use the language skills in your career. The beginner’s programming course for Python at IIHT is part of the much in demand programming stack course. The course forms a great foundation for learning other employment-based skills. For more details: http://www.programmingstack.iiht.com/programming-basics-python-cerification-training-courses-classes/