Introduction to Python

Introduction to Python


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Why Python?

Python is known to be one of the easiest programming languages to learn because its syntax is very simple. The Syntax is almost similar to English. It usually takes lesser lines of code than other languages to accomplish a task.

Let us compare the syntax and lines of Code

Hello world code in Java :

class Simple{
    public static void main(String args[]){  
         System.out.println("Hello World");  

Hello world code in C :

#include <stdio.h>
int main() {
   printf("Hello, World!");
   return 0;

Hello world code in C++ :

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int main() {
  cout << "Hello, World!" << endl;
  return 0;

Hello world in C# :

using System;

internal static class HelloWorld {
    private static void Main() {
        Console.WriteLine("Hello, World!");

Hello world in Objective-C

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

int main() {
    @autoreleasepool {
        NSLog(@"Hello, World!");

Hello world in Visual Basic

Public Sub Main()
    Debug.Print "Hello, World!"
End Sub

Hello world in Scala

object HelloWorld extends App {
    println("Hello, World!")

Hello world in Rust

fn main() {
    println("Hello, World!");

Hello world in Dart

main() {
    print('Hello, World!');

Hello world in Kotlin

fun main(args: Array<String>) {
    println("Hello, World!")

Hello world in Python

print("Hello World")

3 to 5 lines of code are simplified into just one single line. This is just a basic example. You save a lot of typing work in real-time works.

History of Python

Python laid its foundation in the late 1980s. The implementation of Python was started in December 1989 by Guido Van Rossum at CWI in Netherland. In February 1991, Guido Van Rossum published the code (labeled version 0.9.0) to alt.sources. In 1994, Python 1.0 was released with new features like lambda, map, filter, and reduce.

There is a fact behind choosing the name Python. Guido van Rossum was reading the script of a popular BBC comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus". It was the late on-air 1970s.

Van Rossum wanted to select a name which unique, sort, and a little bit mysterious. So he decided to select naming Python after the "Monty Python's Flying Circus" for their newly created programming language.

The comedy series was creative and well random. It talks about everything. Thus it is slow and unpredictable, which made it very interesting.

Python is also versatile and widely used in every technical field, such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Web Development, Mobile Application, Desktop Application, Scientific Calculation, etc.

Python programming language is being updated regularly with new features and supports. There are lots of updates in Python versions, started from 1994 to the current release.

A list of Python versions with their released date is given below.

Python VersionReleased Date
Python 1.0January 1994
Python 1.5December 31, 1997
Python 1.6September 5, 2000
Python 2.0October 16, 2000
Python 2.1April 17, 2001
Python 2.2December 21, 2001
Python 2.3July 29, 2003
Python 2.4November 30, 2004
Python 2.5September 19, 2006
Python 2.6October 1, 2008
Python 2.7July 3, 2010
Python 3.0December 3, 2008
Python 3.1June 27, 2009
Python 3.2February 20, 2011
Python 3.3September 29, 2012
Python 3.4March 16, 2014
Python 3.5September 13, 2015
Python 3.6December 23, 2016
Python 3.7June 27, 2018
Python 3.8October 14, 2019
Python 3.9October 5, 2020

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