Python is an interpreted, high-level, general-purpose programming language. Created by Guido van Rossum and first released in 1991, Python's design philosophy emphasizes code readability with its notable use of significant whitespace.
It is used for:
web development (server-side),
What can Python do?
Python can be used on a server to create web applications.
It can be used alongside software to create workflows.
It can connect to database systems. It can also read and modify files.
It can be used to handle big data and perform complex mathematics.
It can be used for rapid prototyping, or for production-ready software development.
Python works on different platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, etc).
It has a simple syntax similar to the English language.
It has syntax that allows developers to write programs with fewer lines than some other programming languages.
It runs on an interpreter system, meaning that code can be executed as soon as it is written. This means that prototyping can be very quick.
It can be treated in a procedural way, an object-orientated way or a functional way.
Python was designed for readability, and has some similarities to the English language with influence from mathematics.
It uses new lines to complete a command, as opposed to other programming languages which often use semicolons or parentheses.
It relies on indentation, using whitespace, to define scope; such as the scope of loops, functions and classes. Other programming languages often use curly-brackets for this purpose.