Which snake is also the name for a computer coding language?

And the answer: python.
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Python was developed in the late 80s and early 90s by Guido van Rossum. He came up with the name because he was a big fan of the TV show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Python is very popular among developers for its ease of learning, readability, and advanced productivity techniques.

Despite its widespread popularity now, Python originally began as a passion project for van Rossum in 1989. Looking to find a hobby for the week preceding Christmas, van Rossum invented the Python language to appeal to Unix/C hackers.

Interestingly, Python's popularity is attributed in large part to its similarity to the English language. Learning a new programming language is often very much like learning a new spoken language; programming languages have their own rules, syntax, grammatical structures, and often necessitate learning a completely new vocabulary. Thus, because Python uses a simplified syntax with an emphasis on natural language, the program offers a much easier learning curve for beginners. Additionally, because it is free to use and is supported by a wealth of libraries and packages, it’s often the first-choice language for new developers.

Python can also be used across various platforms and for various purposes. This means that unlike languages which are designed only for certain application types, Python may be used to develop nearly any kind of application in any industry or field. As a result, developers from major companies across the world enjoy the benefits of Python.

Learn more about this programming language here.


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