On February 20, 2021, Python completes its 30 years as a programming language by its creator, Guido van Rossum. It is one of the most versatile languages, which is used in the development of the most popular web applications, from Instagram to Dropbox. It also serves as a gateway language for all those who are being introduced to the world of software development. Anyone who lacks any prior knowledge of programming is usually taught Python, even school children or people who lack any other prior experience learn Python as a prior programming language.
According to Red Monk’s rankings, Python is the second most popular programming language worldwide, which is the first non-java-related language ranked this high since 2008. If we talk in terms of academia, Python is the most favorite for the data science tasks which are performed by mathematicians, physicists, and scientists of all stripes around the world.
Language As a Binding Force for All
The most important reason Python is so popular is due to its Simplicity. The users of python do not need to go and get the deep knowledge of Compilers, assemblers, or any minute details of any other languages. The feedback is instant and the improvement in the language is seen all the time. It is very famous among the users who have just entered the programming environment as well as Python is growing its popularity amongst the business environment, also serves as the “gluing language”.
When we see the large development projects, they have a trade-off between scale and speed. The typical software stack of a well-known organization includes code in various languages, however, the underlying data is stored in various formats, languages, and locations. Python has a subtle way but is also powerful to build a bridge between various applications and the code libraries.
The development cycles are shortened by reducing the need to write the gluing code in a compiled language and architecting it in Python instead. The results received by Python are made more interactive and are observed quickly. The delays caused due to the long compile times are also eliminated. It is even less-likely to hard-crash in comparison to other compiled languages, hence it can help the developers in iterating quicker and helps in delivering usable products to the clients faster.
The Future of Python
Observing the core of Python development and keeping an eye on the Python steering council for 2021, the involvement of the language and its application in data science is observed.
There is a council setup that includes five-persons who are trusted as volunteers and are the champions of the language who contribute to its evolution as accessible, inclusive, and sustainable as possible. The quality and the stability of the language are also necessary. The changes that are proposed and the improvements that come from Python’s passionate and vocal community are considered by the steering council.
A new group of Python members is formed after every major release of Python, a period of voting takes place where the core developers of the language elect the new members. The role left is to listen to the feedback from the community. The feedback received by the system regarding the future of python is to benefit the whole ecosystem.
The passion and motivational level of the Python developers for the language are truly inspiring. There is a lot of Python evolution that are looked for, but the most effective evolution is making the langue more accessible as well as more effective.
Striking a Balance
In early 2021, the work to improvise the syntax errors of Python that happens when the developer writes any syntactically wrong code. To achieve this can be a trickier task as it has to be understandable and effective for everyone.
The smallest change like any grammar change or syntax change can provoke the community’s reaction. The feedback must be paid attention to and adapted accordingly. People want to learn each, and every aspect of the language, for example, people are very passionate about learning how to read and write Python code and proper usage of its grammar, and the flexibility of these rules. In such a sense, you can even compare it to “English”.
In All the communities that have been observed, there are a lot of issues due to the different thinking, needs, and desires of the group. Striking a balance is very essential which works for everyone. Achieving this goal is one of the biggest challenges for those who are at the helm over the next year and beyond.
As we celebrate the 30th birthday of Python, the language is reaching new heights in comparison to the other languages in the past. This also signifies that Python is going to be as useful in the professional class as the professional software engineer, for the years to come.
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