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8 Interesting Facts About Python Programming Language

8 Interesting Facts About Python Programming Language

Last Updated on January 6, 2023 by Editorial Team

Last Updated on November 14, 2021 by Editorial Team

Author(s): YashNagare


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Python is a programming language created by Guido Van Rossum that has quickly risen to become one of the most popular in the world. It is well-known for having code that is both readable and simple.

Many companies have started using Python for a variety of projects, so let’s check out 8 interesting facts about Python!

Table of contents

  1. Why is it called ‘Python’?
  2. Poem written about Python Programming
  3. Python has overtaken French in primary schools
  4. There are C and Java variants in Python
  5. Python does not require a compiler
  6. Python is one of Google’s official programming languages
  7. Python is similar to English
  8. Wide range of aspects

1. Why is it called ‘Python’?

While many people assume the name Python Programming comes from something related to the Python snake, it actually comes from the TV comedy series ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus.’ This series broadcast on the BBC channel in the United Kingdom in the 1970s and was a favorite of Guido Van Rossum’s. Because it was short, cryptic, and included the name of his favorite TV comedy show, he chose the name ‘Python.’

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2. Poem Written about Python Programming

Believe it or not, a man named Tim Peters composed a poem called ‘The Zen of Python’ about Python programming. Simply type ‘import this’ into an interpreter to read this poetry.It’s a fascinating and entertaining poetry that you should read for yourself.

3. Python has overtaken French in primary schools

Doesn’t this one sound funny? Believe it or not, Python surpassed French as the most popular primary school language in 2015. Statistics show that 60% parents would prefer their children to learn Python than French. This shows that the importance of Python programming was acknowledged by a vast number of people. According to the same figures, 75 % of children in primary school would rather learn how to manage a robot than learn French.

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4. There are C and Java Variants in Python

Python offers variations for the C and Java programming languages, despite being a self-contained programming language. The C derivative, known as CPython, was built to give Python the benefits of C. One of these criteria is performance. The variation can be used as an interpreter as well as a compiler.

Jython is Python’s Java implementation. It allows some of Java’s most important features, such as productivity, to run on a virtual machine.

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5. Python does not require a compiler

Python is a high-level, interpreted language that does not require a compiler, unlike other programming languages such as Java and C++.Python code is stored in a .pyc file, which serves as the Python engine and eliminates the need for a compiler.

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6. Python is one of Google’s official programming languages

Python is one of the few programming languages that has been designated as an official Google language. Python became one of Google’s official programming languages due of its efficiency. It was advantageous to them because it is simple to use, even on large projects. Even YouTube is powered by Python programming.

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7. Python is similar to English

Many people claim that Python is a simple language to learn. The fundamental reason for this claim is that Python is more similar to English than other programming languages. It’s simple to figure out what each line of code accomplishes. Everything is simple and straightforward.

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8. Wide range of aspects

Python is a general-purpose programming language. In fact, it can be used in a wide range of coding scenarios like web development, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, internet of things and many more.

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Overall, Python programming has grown in popularity among people of all ages and industries. It is a top-notch programming language that allows it to be both dynamic and effective, making it the language of choice today.

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