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What is Python?

Published on December 18, 2020
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By Lisa Tagliaferri
Developer and author at DigitalOcean.
What is Python?

Python is a flexible programming language that prioritizes the clarity and readability of code. A good choice for many software development use cases, Python is often used for scripting, automation, data analysis, machine learning, and back-end development. Popular libraries and frameworks include Django, Flask, NumPy, and scikit-learn.

Python was first published in 1991. Its name was inspired by the British comedy group Monty Python due to the development team’s mission to create a language that was fun to use. Python 3 is the most current version of the language and is considered to be the future of Python.

If you’re interested in learning Python, it is a great choice for both beginner and experienced developers. Below, find a number of resources to help you get started:

For more resources, check out our complete list of educational materials under the Python tag.


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