In CodeBerry Programming School’s “Beginner’s Guide” series, we’ll be answering questions you may have regarding what programming language to choose, how much money you’ll be making, what you can do as a web programmer, and where to start.

Would you like to learn how to code, online? Come and try our first 25 lessons for free at the CodeBerry Programming School.

Beginner’s Guide

 

What Is Python?

Python is a high-level, general-purpose programming language that was designed to be extremely easy to read and understand. “High-level” means that Python is closer to human languages than other programming languages. Python has a vibrant and active community and by learning this language you’ll have access to the many great tools created by Python contributors since its creation.

 

What Is Programming in Python Like?

The philosophy of Python can be found in a document named, “The Zen of Python”. According to this document, Python is based on the following design principles:

 

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

 

Python is capable of accomplishing various tasks with the use of add-ons. Thanks to the vast number of specialized libraries for Python, this general-purpose language can be repurposed to do an incredible amount of things. For example, specialized libraries allow programmers to use Python in rather technical fields, such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Statistics. 

As well as learning the basics of Python, you’ll want to learn how to navigate certain libraries that correspond to your specific field. Just like JavaScript, learning how to use specific libraries and frameworks will be a key part of your ongoing education. 

 

Uses for Python

Python is considered by many to be the “swiss army knife” of programming languages and it continues to fill this role with a growing number of specialized libraries and frameworks. 

If you visit Python, you’ll find a list of Python programs, as well as the corresponding libraries and frameworks for each. Some of these applications include Web Development, Scientific and Numeric, Education, Desktop GUIs, Software Development, and Business Applications. Python is also one of the leading programming languages for Artificial Intelligence, thanks to the popular TensorFlow framework developed by Google’s AI division. 

 

How Much Do Python Programmers Make?

As discussed in our previous articles, location plays a big part in how much you make as a programmer. According to Glassdoor, Python programmers in the US can expect to make around $92,000 per year, making it one of the top-paid languages. 

 

How Do I Learn Python?

Thanks to the popularity of Python and its relatively old age (27 years old), Python programming language has plenty of educational resources available for new learners. If you prefer a more traditional method of learning, university courses are a great choice for you. Coding bootcamps and online courses, on the other hand, are geared towards quick, self-motivated learners.

If you’d like to read more about the various options you have for learning programming, check out our article, How to Learn to Code”. 

 

How Long Does it Take to Learn Python?

The amount of time it takes to learn a programming language depends on the methods you use, your learning retention, and how many hours you invest per week. You can’t expect to know everything about Python after taking a semester-long course at your local university or a 14-week program at a coding bootcamp. 

In addition to the basics, you’ll need to spend lots of time learning how to use various frameworks and libraries. Some of the most notable frameworks for Python are Django and Web2Py. Just like with JavaScript, becoming a Python “expert” includes knowing a lot about the various frameworks that have been developed over the years. 

 

Is Python Right for Me?

To determine if a programming language is right for you, you need to figure out how it lines up with your long-term goals. Python is useful for a huge variety of tasks, making it a good starting point for any programmer. However, if you’re set on becoming a web developer, for example, you shouldn’t invest much time in learning Python. Instead, your focus should be directed towards HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. 

To learn if Python is a good fit for you, please check out our article, “Which Programming Language is Right for Me?”. There, you’ll learn about a variety of other programming languages and what you can do with them.

 

In CodeBerry Programming School’s “Beginner’s Guide” series, we’ll be answering questions you may have regarding what programming language to choose, how much money you’ll be making, what you can do as a web programmer, and where to start.

Beginner’s Guide

Would you like to learn how to code, online? Come and try our first 25 lessons for free at the CodeBerry Programming School.