Language plays a very important role when we want to communicate with someone. Commanding someone to do something for us also needs a language mutually understood by both. Same is the case with our computers, they are meant to carry out our instructions but needs proper commands for what, how, and when to do.
Python is an interpreted language which means we don’t need to know the whole lot about the computer hardware, memory, or the functioning of OS.
The first important thing we need to do before we learn Python is to download and install the Python IDE (interpreter) from the official website www.python.org/downloads, and as we go along I shall deliver some interesting facts about the language.
The Python programming language was designed by Guido Van Rossum, which was one of his unusual plans to keep himself occupied during the Christmas week (1989) instead of moving out and enjoying the days like others. Being a Programming geek and a fan of Monty Python (a then British Comedy group), he started with creating his hobby programming project. The name “Python” never at beginning directly referred to the Python Snakes, which was altered later on while the creation of the logo.
Rossum published the first version of Python (0.9.0) in February, 1991 at Amsterdam. This programming language was derived from ABC Programming language, and was aimed for students and new programming learners. The language from the very beginning has many interesting features, notable ones are;
- Python is an interactive language. We can use the Python prompt and interact with the interpreter directly to write our programs.
- It is processed in run-time by the interpreter.
- It supports object oriented techniques of programming.
- Ability to import and use previously defined methods directly in our code makes work easier.
To make the discussion more effective, the post is divided into various sub-sections below. Navigate through one after another, and contact me if you face any difficulties.
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