The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Python Programming

MakeUseOf | 3/13/2018 | Joel Lee
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So you’ve decided to learn a new programming language, you’ve done a bit of research, and you’re wondering whether Python is right for you? Or maybe you’ve determined to learn Python but aren’t really sure how to get started?

Rest assured, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about Python, including what it is, why it’s useful, how to start coding in Python, and where to go from here.


What Is Python?

Python is a programming language that’s both compiled and interpreted. Python source files (.py) are run through a compiler and turned into bytecode files (.pyc), which are then executed in real-time by an interpreter.

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This makes Python a high-level language, which means, in practical terms, you don’t have to write as much code to get as much done when compared to lower-level languages, and most Python code can be run on most platforms.

High-Level vs. Low-Level Programming Languages: Which Should You Learn?

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High-Level vs. Low-Level Programming Languages: Which Should You Learn?

What exactly are high level and low level programming languages? And what does it mean for learning to write code? Let's start with the definitions of each and go from there.

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The benefits of this include greater code readability, more compact syntax, lots of flexibility in structuring your code, and faster development cycles. The trade-off is slower execution speed and less access to system-level calls.

Why Learn Python?

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The best reason to learn Python is that its commitment to simplicity makes it one of the easiest programming languages to learn. One of the design principles behind Python is a commitment to making the act of programming as enjoyable as possible.

In short, Python is fun. For what other languages can you really say the same?

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