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Python (programming language)

Python (programming language)

A general purpose high-level programming language

Python is a clear and powerful object-oriented programming language for general purpose programming. It is comparable to Perl, Ruby, Scheme or Java.

Python's language programming features are as follow:

  • A variety of basic data types are available: numbers (floating point, complex, and unlimited-length long integers), strings (both ASCII and Unicode), lists, and dictionaries.
  • Python supports object-oriented programming with classes and multiple inheritance.
  • Code can be grouped into modules and packages.
  • The language supports raising and catching exceptions, resulting in cleaner error handling.
  • Data types are strongly and dynamically typed. Mixing incompatible types (e.g. attempting to add a string and a number) causes an exception to be raised, so errors are caught sooner.
  • Python contains advanced programming features such as generators and list comprehensions.
  • Python's automatic memory management frees you from having to manually allocate and free memory in your code.

Guido van Rossum created Python in the 1990's at Stichting Mathematisch Centrum in the Netherlands as a successor of a language called ABC.

It is used for backend web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence and scientific computing. Developers have also used Python to build productivity tools, games and desktop applications.

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December 3, 2008
Python 3.0 was released

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Deep Learning with Python

François Chollet

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Iain Thomson
May 14, 2021
go.theregister.com
It's Space Race 2 for Russia and America
Julia Pugachevsky
May 12, 2021
Business Insider
Until May 31, LinkedIn is offering free online classes around the top trending skills employers are looking for, including Python, AWS, and Jira.
Richard Speed
May 12, 2021
go.theregister.com
Company continues to make losses without troubling space
Laura Dobberstein
May 7, 2021
go.theregister.com
Satellite shootdown test still causing operational and diplomatic hassles after 14 years
Katyanna Quach
May 6, 2021
go.theregister.com
Coming to a computer near you ... this decade ... maybe
Terena Bell, Thor Olavsrud
May 4, 2021
CIO
Natural language processing is a branch of AI that enables computers to understand, process, and generate language just as people do -- and its use in business is rapidly growing.
Michelle Abrego
May 3, 2021
Business Insider
Rising stars explain how to succeed in a sell-side equity research job, from picking the right coverage sector to learning to program in Python.
Julia Pugachevsky
April 30, 2021
Business Insider
The University of California, San Diego offers online classes from edX and Coursera. Here are 11 free ones, from psychology to data science.
Julia Pugachevsky
April 28, 2021
Business Insider
Udacity has discounted online Nanodegrees and free courses in topics such as AI, marketing, cybersecurity, data science, computer science, and more.
Mayank Sharma
April 27, 2021
TechRadar India
Unprecedented growth in the number of active developers globally.
Calvin Hendryx-Parker
April 27, 2021
ComputerWeekly.com
Python recently celebrated its 30th birthday, and pioneers of the language have been reflecting on its significance as an open source project
Richard Speed
February 24, 2021
go.theregister.com
They say 'NASA' and 'ESA', not 'You tried'
Laura Dobberstein
February 25, 2021
go.theregister.com
And managed to pull it at speed, despite the menace of quantum noise
Simon Sharwood
February 25, 2021
go.theregister.com
Just the sort of thing you'd do if you want your national cryptocurrency to be broadly accepted
Katyanna Quach
February 26, 2021
go.theregister.com
Lidar-equipped spherical probes or solar panel-powered cranes, perhaps?
Matthew Hughes
February 26, 2021
go.theregister.com
Though company insists it is 'not a car manufacturer'
Richard Speed
February 26, 2021
go.theregister.com
Also: Old age a bigger risk for Branson's passengers as Virgin Galactic slips again
Richard Speed
March 1, 2021
go.theregister.com
Something for rocket fans and rocket financiers to chew on
Katyanna Quach
March 2, 2021
go.theregister.com
Matter held not for long... but for long enough
Lindsay Clark
March 2, 2021
go.theregister.com
Neanderthal ear scans support idea they could hear us and had a 'type of human language'
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