What is Python?

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Python is a widely used, easy-to-read programming language that supports several programming paradigms —- including object-oriented, imperative and functional programming or procedural styles. Python is often used as a “glue” between systems, bridging separate systems and bringing them together.



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Python: Easy to write


Python’s syntax focuses on readability. This, combined with high-level built in data structures and dynamic typing, makes the language quick to learn, and easy to implement. In fact, Python code is often 3-5 times shorter than equivalent Java code, and 5-10 times shorter than equivalent C++ code, according to python.org.


If you haven’t seen them, we particularly love the philosophic tenets of Python as described in The Zen of Python:

  • Beautiful is better than ugly
  • Explicit is better than implicit
  • Simple is better than complex
  • Complex is better than complicated
  • Readability counts


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External Links:

  1. http://www.pythonforbeginners.com/code-snippets-source-code/python-code-examples
  2. http://lightspd.com/unique-python-code-examples.html
  3. https://www.python.org
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_(programming_language)
  5. http://python-history.blogspot.com/2009/01/brief-timeline-of-python.html
  6. https://sites.google.com/site/pydatalog/