What's Driving The Demand For Python Programmers?

Melissa Burns

According to TIOBE index, Python is currently the fourth most popular programming language in the world. From a CIO’s viewpoint, Python is an extremely promising programming language for a number of reasons, but mostly because, in general, it allows a company to roll out products much faster than almost any other. It may be less precise than, say, Java, but writing a program in Python is often five to six times faster than writing the same program in Java. The ability to release a product earlier than a competitor and make the necessary changes and corrections faster is often crucial in this industry.

That is why the demand for Python specialists keeps growing at an incredible rate, and a company that manages to hire a team of skilled Python professionals will get an important advantage over the competition.

Yet there still seems to be a fair number of negative conceptions concerning Python within the programming community, especially among old-school coders. Many believe that Python is simplistic and not serious enough for those working professionally. Yet growing demand for Python programmers seems to be at odds with this idea. And there are very good reasons to pay attention to it. Let’s take a look at them.

1. Python is simple and convenient

Python is simple enough to be learned fairly quickly, even by those without prior experience in programming. What’s far more important, however, is that it provides a comfortable and transparent interface as well as easily readable and understandable code. This makes the programmer’s job easier and faster. For example, a Python program is normally three to five times shorter than an equivalent Java program, mainly due to Python’s built-in high-level data types and dynamic typing. In fact, Python is very similar to the simplified “pseudo-code” programmers use in prototypes of their work, the only difference being that it actually does what it says.

2. Python is a general purpose language

Today Python is used for a wide variety of tasks by companies both small and large. Google, for example, extensively applies it in most of its cloud-based solutions. If a company of this magnitude treats this language seriously, there is no reason for anybody else to look at it askance. Iflexion Python developers often apply it for automation, for Python is excellent at scripting and has a number of tools like Fabric and Ansible that allow you to automate repetitive processes.

3. Python is free and open source

Python’s pre-made binaries are freely available, and advanced programmers can just as freely get its source code. Moreover, the license allows you to modify the source code and distribute it, which makes it a great community-supported language.

4. Python is object-oriented

In practical terms, that means that Python allows you to create reusable information structures, which considerably cuts the amount of unnecessary, repetitive work. This is not just an advantage in and of itself. Since most modern programming languages are object-oriented as well, it means that by learning and using Python, you’ll encounter the same things as you would in other programming environments and languages.

5. Python has a huge standard library

Python’s standard library has over 300 modules providing ready-made tools aimed at solving a wide variety of tasks and eliminating the need to create solutions on your own. It supports many protocols and formats standard for Internet-facing apps (e.g., HTTP and MIME). And it is just the tip of an iceberg – as of May 2017, the Python Package Index contained more than 107,000 third-party packages.

6. Python has user-friendly data structures

Python uses built-in list and dictionary data structures and supports a function of dynamic high-level data typing, thus considerably decreasing the amount of support code necessary to run a program.

That’s Python in a nutshell. It may be a good idea to keep an eye on whether your primary competitors are actively looking for highly skilled Python programmers. If so, you may soon find them greatly increasing their production rates. Preparing a job offer as soon as possible is an important order of business.

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Melissa Burns

About Melissa Burns

Melissa Burns is an entrepreneur and independent journalist. She spends her time writing articles, overviews, and analyses about entrepreneurship, startups, business innovations, and technology. Follow her at @melissaaburns.