Importance of Python in web development

Importance of Python in web development

Python is one of the most popular programming languages today. In fact, it has been one of the best coding languages for the last five years.  It’s much more “readable” (i.e., easy to understand without having already studied it) than most languages.

It's a high-level general-purpose programming language that can be applied to many different classes of problems.  Python web development came into the limelight in the late ’80s which is named after great Monty Python. It can be used for almost any task as the libraries are expanding allowing one to do more and more things. The language comes with a large standard library that covers areas such as string processing (regular expressions, Unicode, calculating differences between files), Internet protocols (HTTP, FTP, SMTP, XML-RPC, POP, IMAP, CGI programming), software engineering (unit testing, logging, profiling, parsing Python code), and operating system interfaces (system calls, filesystems, TCP/IP sockets).


Its popularity has reached a peak with the introduction of Python 2.0. Researched by leading web analytics firms have shown that in the year 2016, Python was the most popular coding language capturing the largest share of the programming arena.

Python web development is easier to learn which makes a better choice for beginners. It is the developers’ favorite for many reasons, most of all its readability and efficiency.

Let's explore - why you should try Python?

Libraries

Python has been around for over 20 years, so a lot of code written in Python has built up over the decades and, being an open source programming language, a lot of this has been released for others to use. There are libraries for pretty much any use case you can come up with, from image manipulation to scientific calculations, to server automation.

Building Prototypes

It takes a lot less time to build something with Python than with most other programming languages simply because it takes fewer lines of the code. With that in mind, when you need to build ideas and prototypes quickly, Python is definitely the way to go.

Internet of Things

Python web development in combination with platforms such as Raspberry Pi allows developers to build their own devices such as phones, cameras, radios, games etc. through Python. Building new gadgets with the advanced Python programming concepts and connecting them with the real world markets is not only much easier but it is also relatively cheap.

Readability

Python very closely resembles the English language, using words like ‘not’ and ‘in’ to make it to where you can very often read a program, or script, aloud to someone else and not feel like you’re speaking some arcane language. This is also helped by Python’s very strict punctuation rules which means you don’t have curly braces ({ }) all over your code.

Useful Frameworks

Another amazing Python advantage is all the amazing frameworks that make Python web development quick and easy. For example, you can turn to frameworks like Django or Flask and focus on writing the app or site rather than get bogged down by tedious legwork. A framework is basically a bundle of packages and modules that provide certain functionality and can be selectively changed to create application-specific software. When it comes to Python, there are so many robust frameworks available, every web developer will find something they need for their work.

Flexible

In addition to the object-oriented platform, the language supports diverse paradigms such as functional, imperative as well as procedural programming. The object-oriented values of Python are very well attuned with numerous languages such as Perl, JavaScript, Ruby, and C#.

Saves a lot of time

You want to save as much time as possible whenever possible to focus on more important things rather than on the details that a simple framework can easily solve for you. Website development with Python is fast and easy and it is perfect for building simple prototypes or projects on a budget with short deadlines.

Machine learning

Machine Learning is essentially to make predictions or behaviors based on data. Given a Machine Learning System, it will do a certain behavior or make predictions based on data. The data for a Machine Learning System entirely depends on the problem to be solved. Different problems, different datasets.

Security

With the good web framework, however, you don’t have to worry about that because there has been a lot of work put into preventing any misuse of the web application.

Third-party Modules

A wide array of features is supported by Python’s utility functions and object methods. In addition to that, with Python’s internal tools, you can easily take care of manipulations such as mapping, filtering, and string encoding.

Quick processing

Its highly advanced features assist in easy and quick development of particular applications. Fast processing, in fact, saves a lot of cost to the company using it. It is widely accepted as an instructional language. More than that the language can be effectively reused through the watchful implementation of packages and modules.

Multi-platform supported

Python is an affordable and secure language. It is available for most of the widely used operating systems such as Linux, Windows, UNIX, and Mac OS. The language outsmarts other competitors right from areas such as basic CGI scripting to web apps collaborated with huge frameworks such as Django.

Community

Python has user groups everywhere, usually called PUGs, and does major conferences on every continent other than Antarctica. PyCon NA, the largest Python conference in North America, sells out its 2,500 tickets this year. PyCon NA 2013 also started a trend of offering “Young Coder” workshops, where attendees taught Python to kids between 9 and 16 years of age for a day, getting them familiar with the language and, ultimately, helping them hack and mod some games on the Raspberry Pis they were given.

Multi-purpose programming

Python is great for backend web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and scientific computing. Many developers have also used Python to build productivity tools, games, and desktop apps, so there are plenty of resources to help you learn how to do those as well.




 

According to the TIOBE index, Python is the 4th most popular programming language out of 100. Python's usage as the main prototyping language for backend web development has diminished somewhat, especially since it has a fragmented MVC ecosystem. With big data becoming more and more important, Python has become a skill that is more in demand than ever, especially it can be integrated into web applications. Python will continue to reign in terms of relevance and has a pretty good future thanks to its large community.


 

Stock photo from Eny Setiyowati

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