When it comes to the Internet, Information Technology, and computers on a whole, one size certainly does not fit all. Much like the real world, there are many languages out there, from simple HTML to more robust languages like Java, FORTRAN, and others. While it proves to be a challenge to keep up with all the languages of circuit boards and silicon chips, it is good to know what language seems to be the flavor of the moment. In IT circles, that “moment” could last for a year or extend through a decade. It all depends on the application of said flavor. According to Stack Overflow, the current flavor is Python. This language, based on surveys from random developers, is ranked as the fastest-growing computer language; and Python’s growth in 2019 will significantly outstrip other languages if the projections prove right.
Stack Overflow is the world’s largest online community for developers, with more than 50 millions registered users. In the five years to June 2017, Python has gone from the least popular language to the most popular language of the six leading programming languages. That’s quite a jump, and a jump worth taking notice of. The popularity of Python is, in part, due to its flexibility, with the language used regularly for web and desktop developers. The language is also used by Sysadmin and Operations Developers, and most recently used by data scientists and machine-learning engineers for their own projects. Amongst gamers, Python is particularly popular, so its applications are not all about getting work done. Python can also help you relax a bit. The language also can play a hand in generating animation and special effects for films. Walt Disney Studios is just one production house taking advantage of the different applications of Python.
Python has become so popular that developers have developed variations of it, one such variation that sits on top of Ethereum, a Blockchain app project that is using this Python-adjacent language to develop smart wallets. Python, as you can see, spans many, many areas, and many, many development communities, only adding to its popularity. It’s Python’s versatility and its ability to adapt to developer’s needs that makes it so appealing. Python bolsters a strong community, as well as the language itself, readability, conciseness, and maintains a complete standards library. For a programming language, that makes a programmer’s all that much easier.
The only debatable point in utilizing Python is that on account of its ability to render graphics and images, applications and websites running Python tend to runs a little slower than other apps using different base languages. That one snag, however, has done little to dampen the popularity of Python. App developers are wanting apps easy to develop, easy to design, and easy to adapt to clients’ needs. Your results may vary, but presently this language seems to be what businesses and mobile users want.
So when considering which language you should add to your resume, Python appears to be the way to go. For now.
A research physicist who has become an entrepreneur and educational leader, and an expert on competency-based education, critical thinking in the classroom, curriculum development, and education management, Dr. Richard Shurtz is the president and chief executive officer of Stratford University. He has published over 30 technical publications, holds 15 patents, and is host of the weekly radio show, Tech Talk. A noted expert on competency-based education, Dr. Shurtz has conducted numerous workshops and seminars for educators in Jamaica, Egypt, India, and China, and has established academic partnerships in China, India, Sri Lanka, Kurdistan, Malaysia, and Canada.