The Python programming language is one of the hottest languages right now. It has become so popular due to how relatively easy it is to learn compared to other programming languages. It is most often chosen by beginner programmers. People who already know some other languages will also have no trouble picking up Python.
Because it is a general-purpose programming language Python can have various applications. Tech mega-companies such as Google or Netflix use Python. It can create both web and mobile applications and it runs on the most common platforms with no problems. All of that makes Python a very versatile tool and its popularity is certainly not going to fade anytime soon.
But can you even learn Python if you have no background in IT? The short answer is ‘Yes’. With enough time and dedication, few things are impossible to learn and Python is not one of them. Many people have successfully studied programming on their own and went on to become well-paid programmers.
Python is a great choice for beginners because it is an interpreted language. This means that it can run by itself on any computer without the need for compilation. Any change in the Python code can be seen immediately so beginner programmers can easily notice every change in the code they have written and what its effects are on the program. The language itself is also said to resemble English and it doesn’t contain any complicated syntax constructions.
There is no magic method that will allow you to learn Python in a day, that would be too easy. Even though it is considered to be one of the easiest programming languages ever, learning Python from scratch will take time, especially if you do it completely on your own with no outside help. It is still possible, of course, but you need to be prepared to put in the work regularly. It is recommended to study Python syntax every day even if it’s for just a few minutes. Doing so will allow you to immerse yourself in that Python mindset and will make future studying much easier.
But just studying the theory can be extremely boring and not really motivating because you don’t get to see the effects of your work. There is nothing more exciting than creating your first lines of code and building a program on your own.
The first program almost every beginner programmer creates is the simple ‘Hello World’ program. It is a simple application that puts the words ‘Hello World’ on the screen and it can be created with just one line of code. From there you will move on to other programs that can be used to generate random numbers or solve simple mathematic equations, e.g. calculating the area of a triangle whose measurements are inputted by the user.
A very exciting step in every Python learner’s journey is building one’s own first game. One of the simplest games that can be easily coded is Rock Paper Scissors Python. Successfully creating first a program, then a game is very satisfying and that feeling of pride will only fuel your motivation further. If you managed to get this far on your own you will have no problems with mastering Python.