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Let’s leave aside the question of Is Python worth learning for a moment and take a general question why should we learn anything new. To answer that ask yourself these questions:
- Is there is current demand of that knowledge.
- Will there be future prospects.
- What is the time-benefit ratio.
- Do you have interest in that knowledge.
We will take each question point by point and try to answer your question. Before that let’s briefly look at what is python?
What is Python?
Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Its high-level built in data structures, combined with dynamic typing and dynamic binding, make it very attractive for Rapid Application Development. As well as for use as a scripting or glue language to connect existing components together. Python’s simple, easy to learn syntax emphasizes readability and therefore reduces the cost of program maintenance. Python supports modules and packages, which encourages program modularity and code reuse.
- Open Source and Free
- Support for GUI
- Object-Oriented Approach
- High-Level Language
- Integrated by Nature
- Highly Portable
- Highly Dynamic
So starting with our questions:
Question 1 : Is there current demand of python?
Also with python you can easily go into a lot of other areas such as data analysis, web development, machine development etc. so for the time being you can put the field option aside and just focus on learning the language. Maybe this figure will show you more clearly what I am trying to say.
Question 2 : Will there be future prospects?
Previous graph have shown that the demand has rose in the past and there is reason why it won’t in the future. According to Glassdoor which releases an annual list of top 50 jobs in the United States out of 10 jobs postings by the recruiters 9 required Python, R or SQL as one of the skills.
Other reason why we presume the demand to go up is the high digitization. Everything now is going online, so will be the demand of people with coding/programming skills including python.
The given graph shows you the popularity of various programming languages which starkly shows you the gap between python and others. Only a few are performing better than python and we will tell you still why python could be better for you later in this blog.
Question 3 : Time-benefit ratio?
One of the easiest ways to answer the question is to compare it with other languages that you could learn.
Python vs java:
All the things that I wrote as an answer in the previous two question could well be the answers for the relevance of java as well. So why is it that you should prefer java over python? Well it depends on what your goals are and whether you are a beginner.
Let’s start with considering you are a beginner. As I have already stated that python is considered as the easiest programming languages, and surely it is easier I mean a lot easier than java. So it would be easy for you to choose the easy option considering career opportunities in both is nearly same.
Now let’s focus on your goals. Consider you want to become an app developer in which case you should try for java as it is generally believed that java apps have a clear edge over python.
Python vs R:
The easy going option remains the same so I am not going again over that topic. Not taking anything away from R, python finds a more varied application whereas R is mostly used in data science. So you could choose R if you have decided your path clearly and want to pursue your career only in data science.
Question 4 : Do you have interest in python?
Well it should be clearly your opinion. We from our side have given you enough reasons why you could start python but then also if you don’t feel like you are always free to choose otherwise.
Now coming to the end I would just like to say that before deciding whether Is Python worth learning or not you should first decide what your future goals is. Maybe it will help you in deciding if you should go ahead with python or not. We wish you best of luck whatever you decide.