DigitalOcean Referral Badge
Udit Vashisht
Author: Udit Vashisht

Introduction to Python Language - Chapter 1

Chapter 1 - Introduction

  • 3 minutes read
Introduction to Python Language - Chapter 1

    Table of Contents

Introduction to Python

Curiosity and zeal to learn something new have probably brought you here. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to programming or switching from some other redundant or less useful language, you must be having a few very important questions in your mind. We will be answering most of them in this section.

What is Python?

Python’s official website says as under:-

Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Its high-level built in data structures, combined with dynamic typing and dynamic binding, make it very attractive for Rapid Application Development, as well as for use as a scripting or glue language to connect existing components together. Python’s simple, easy to learn syntax emphasizes readability and therefore reduces the cost of program maintenance. Python supports modules and packages, which encourages program modularity and code reuse. The Python interpreter and the extensive standard library are available in source or binary form without charge for all major platforms, and can be freely distributed.

Quite overwhelming, isn’t it? For a layman, Python is a very popular programming language created by Guido van Rossum in 1991.

What can I do with Python?

Now, this is the question, where the things get interesting. Python can be used for a lot of things, but the most important and popular usage of python are:-

  1. Server-side web development using Django or Flask.
  2. Data Sciences including Machine Learning, Data Analysis & Visualisation.
  3. Automating the stuff also known as scripting.

Why Python?

I will answer this by asking another question- Why not? Go through the following reasons and decide yourself:-

  1. It has a very easy to learn and readable syntax. e.g. print(“Hello World”) will do exactly the same how it appears in plain English. It will print- “Hello World”.
  2. It is compatible with all major platforms and systems be it Windows, MacOs, Linux or Raspberry Pi.
  3. It has a robust standard library which has a wide range of modules which can be used out-of-the-box for many of your use-cases or can be tweaked with.
  4. It runs on an interpreter system and the code can be executed quickly after writing it.
  5. It fully supports object-oriented programming as well as functional programming.
  6. It is ever evolving language.

Which Python version should I learn?

Without giving any explanation I will urge you to start with the latest stable version of Python 3. At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest stable version is Python 3.7.2. You can check for the latest stable version from here.

Table of contents

Setting up your Machine for Python- Chapter 2

Related Posts

Matplotlib Tutorial in Python | Chapter 2 | Extracting Data from CSVs and plotting Bar Charts.
By Udit Vashisht

Matplotlib Tutorial in Python

Chapter 2 | Extracting Data from CSVs and plotting Bar Charts

In the last chapter, we learned to draw simple plots in Matplotlib and further customizing it.In this chapter we will be learning to extract data from external sources like CSV and creating ...

Read More
Chapter 3 - Executing a Python Script
By Udit Vashisht

How to run a Python script?

In our previous chapter, we have strongly recommended you to ditch IDLE and use some code-editor and terminal(MacOS/Linux) or Powershell(Windows) to write and execute your python script. In this chapter we will tell you how to do that.

First and foremost for the ...

Read More
Time Series Analysis with Pandas
By Udit Vashisht


Python’s pandas library is frequently used to import, manage, and analyze datasets in a variety of formats. In this article, we’ll use it to analyze Amazon’s stock prices and perform some basic time series operations.
Stock markets play an important role in the economy of ...

Read More
tech tutorials automate python beautifulsoup web scrapping webscrapping bs4 Strip Python3 programming Pythonanywhere free Online Hosting hindi til github today i learned Windows Installations Installation Learn Python in Hindi Python Tutorials Beginners macos installation guide linux SaralGyaan Saral Gyaan json in python JSON to CSV Convert json to csv python in hindi convert json csv in python remove background python mini projects background removal tweepy Django Django tutorials Django for beginners Django Free tutorials Proxy Models User Models AbstractUser UserModel convert json to csv python json to csv python Variables Python cheats Quick tips == and is f string in python f-strings pep-498 formatting in python python f string smtplib python send email with attachment python send email automated emails python python send email gmail automated email sending passwords secrets environment variables if name == main Matplotlib tutorial Matplotlib lists pandas Scatter Plot Time Series Data Live plots Matplotlib Subplots Matplotlib Candlesticks plots Tutorial Logging unittest testing python test Object Oriented Programming Python OOP Database Database Migration Python 3.8 Walrus Operator Data Analysis Pandas Dataframe Pandas Series Dataframe index pandas index python pandas tutorial python pandas python pandas dataframe python f-strings padding how to flatten a nested json nested json to csv json to csv python pandas Pandas Tutorial insert rows pandas pandas append list line charts line plots in python Django proxy user model django custom user model django user model matplotlib marker size pytplot legends scatter plot python pandas python virtual environment virtualenv venv python python venv virtual environment in python python decorators bioinformatics fastafiles Fasta python list append append raspberry pi editor cron crontab Cowin Cowin api python dictionary Python basics dictionary python list list ios development listview navigationview swiftui ios mvvm swift environmentobject property wrapper @State @Environm popup @State ios15 alert automation instagram instaloader texteditor youtubeshorts textfield multi-line star rating reusable swift selenium selenium driver requests-html youtube youtube shorts python automation python tutorial algo trading nifty 50 nifty50 stock list nifty50