About a year ago, the programming language Python gained immense popularity among developers. Since then it has been growing considerably and that too at a rapid pace. However, its quick spurt begs the question – is Python going to face a decline soon? More importantly, is it worth learning in 2018? These are the questions I’m going to answer today in this blog.
Having learnt a few Java languages along with CSS and HTML at Prolytics, I really wanted to try a new programming language – the kind that prove to be more useful than the ones I already knew. Furthermore, I wanted to learn a language whose relevance will not be lost with the passage of time. My quest for such a language led me to Python.
As mentioned before, Python is an increasingly popular language and I wanted to know why everybody is learning this language in the present day and age, whether their reasons are future-proof and how Python can influence our careers.
How Python has grown over the years
Most programming languages have had a short lifespan. In fact, even Python was considered to be a dead programming language not too long ago!
The creator of Perl, a programming language, Larry Wall, gave a list of the most popular languages in annual meet in the year 1999. At that time, he said that Python had no demand whatsoever and that could be attributed to the fact that Python programmers existed in abundance.
Fast forward to now and Perl is no longer a useful language whereas Python has suffered the exact opposite fate. The demand for Python is extremely strong; so much so that the volume of people who search for Python on the internet is facing a sharp rise in numbers. This makes Python probably the fastest growing language on the entire planet.
In fact, at Prolytics itself, Python courses are most in demand and the number of people who have taken this course has increased significantly as compared to last year. That brings us to the next question of why Python has become so popular over the course of time.
Why Python is a popular language
The rise of Python’s popularity can be linked to a rise in the popularity of data science. Python is very commonly used as a language in the field of machine learning and data science, which serves as a strong reason for the former’s rapid growth.
With that being said, several other programming languages such as R and SQL are also used in data science. So then why is only Python in demand? Why not the rest of them?
This can be attributed to Python’s versatility. More than 125,000 third party libraries for Python exist and these libraries allow the language to highly useful for very precise tasks, covering both traditional as well as cutting edge tasks. For example, Python can be used for both website development as well as for machine learning and AI. Even biologists and other scientists can use Python for their work.
Moreover, Python is the ‘It’ language for data analysis. The emergence of data-centric libraries such as matplotlib or NumPy have further accelerated its growth as those who know Python’s rules and syntax can use these libraries to process as well as visualize data.
Experts at Prolytics love Python for this very same reason and actively use its libraries in their day to day workings. In fact, they believe that Python is a language that can allow you to do almost anything. It’s simple and fast and easy tasks just take up a line of code. Python even allows for granular control in the case of complex tasks, which not many languages do.
Taking into Python’s versatility and usefulness in data analysis, one can be absolutely positive that Python will continue being a popular language. However, before enrolling in a Python course, one should know about its applicability in the professional sphere.
How Python can help shape your career
Python is capable of doing everything in the realm of data analytics. That is well and good but that kind of use of this language only applies to professional data scientists. What about the rest of us who are not in this field? Like me, who’s not a data scientist. Can Python be useful for my career?
Personally I’m not interested in being a software engineer or a data scientist. My aim is to enhance my data analysis skills so I can be prepared for technical tasks that come my way at my job. Besides, Python can also help in web development so that is another one of my goals.
Such targets are not just mine though. Most people who want to learn a programming language these days are not really interested in being full-time data scientists or software engineers. Just like me, they are working within the four walls of an MNC, trying to use their programming skills to further their job prospects. Professionals from the field of marketing to entrepreneurs want to enhance their knowledge base as well as CVs without wasting time on learning every language. Python is for people like them.
Python is useful for individuals who are not a part of technical fields as well as it helps in incorporating data analysis – a very important skill – in mainstream business. The fact that the language is easy and all-encompassing only helps further.
Most MNCs and other companies these days focus on making decisions based on data. While previously software like Excel were used for the analysis of data by industry analysts, academics would use SPSS or other such language instead. However, things are not the same anymore, and more and more industry analysts are turning to languages for the purpose of data analysis.
For example, content marketers can greatly benefit by learning a language like Python as it would make them much better at their job. You can refer to Growth Hackers for reference. Every company employs them now and their role is no less than mixture of a coder and a marketer.
At this juncture you might be wondering if you too can learn Python and the short answer would be yes, you can. Python is a relatively simple language and can be learned easily by those who do not know coding. Plus, the language is consistent in nature and can be read by those who are not well-versed in it.
The greatest advantage of studying Python is that despite its simplicity, it can help you accomplish advanced tasks. Python is a really a do-it-all language.
To conclude, it can be safely said that Python will continue to be popular for a long time, come what may. It’s the perfect language for marketers, bankers, software engineers and business analysts. So I’m pretty sure this is the next language I’m going to learn at Prolytics.
You can enroll yourself for Python classes to at Prolytics! They are extremely affordable with easy lessons on the basic and advanced concepts of the language. Taught by the best professionals of the industry, you will have a lot of fun learning Python at Prolytics.