What is Python?
Python is a general-purpose coding language. It can be used for a variety of programming and software development tasks including back-end web and mobile app development, desktop app and software development, processing big data and performing mathematical computations, and writing system scripts (creating instructions that tell a computer system to “do” something).
Python was created by Guido van Rossum and released in 1991, and is currently on its third major version with regular updates still being released.
How does Python work?
Python is an interpreted programming language. This is different to a compiled programming language like C or C++.
When you write code in a compiled language, you must translate it from your human understanding of the code to code that a machine can understand. Machine code is a base level form of instructions that are executed by the CPU. Once the code is compiled, the code generates an executable file. Executing this file then runs the operations in your code.
When developing in Python, you’re using an interpreted language. So instead of translating your source code to machine code, you translate it into bytecode. Bytecode is a low-level set of instructions that can be executed by an interpreter.
Most personal computers have their own Python interpreter installed in a specific destination by default. So this task can be easily performed on any desktop or mobile device. Also, instead of executing the instructions through the CPU, bytecode instructions are executed on a Virtual Machine.
What is the main advantage of choosing an interpreted language? They are platform independent. As long as the Python bytecode and Virtual Machine are the same version, the Python bytecode can be executed on any platform, be it Windows, MacOS, or Linux. So, if your organisation is already dependent on a specific platform, you can relax, knowing that Python will support your platform of choice.
Another advantage to using an interpreted language is dynamic typing. Dynamic typing is generally quicker to read, requires fewer and shorter declarations (which results in a smaller source code size), and is faster to compile than static-typed languages like C++.
This means your Python developers will spend less time doing ‘busy work’ to get the code to do what they want it do to, and spend more time on problem-solving and coming up with innovative solutions for your project.
Advantages of Python
Automatic memory allocation– In older programming languages, memory allocation was a manual task. So, whenever you used a variable that was no longer in use or referenced anywhere else in the program, you had to manually clean it from the memory. Python has a built-in memory allocator called Garbage Collector that automatically does this for you. This frees up time for your developers and reduces the size of your executables.
Cross-platform support– Python has cross-platform support for all major operating systems including Windows, Linux, and MacOS. Python developers can also write code on any of these platforms, and then execute that code on a different machine with a different operating system, without having to modify any of the code. As a result, there is no need to write specific code for each individual platform, which will save you time and money on your project.
Strong GUI support– There are a wide number of GUI frameworks (or toolkits) available for Python. This enables Python developers to create visually stunning, easy to use, and accessible GUI’s on multiple devices and platforms with ease. They can pick and choose the right toolkits for them, and implement their features in a manner that best suits the requirements of your project. Some of the most popular GUI frameworks include Tkinter, JPython, and wxPython.
Great for web, desktop, and mobile app development– Python is flexible and powerful enough to build all kinds of web, desktop, and mobile applications. The capabilities of Python also extend to [custom big data solutions](/services/database-development/). So whether you want to build a consumer-oriented application to promote your business, or a more technical-oriented application or solution to streamline a certain aspect of your business, you can probably do it with Python.
Outsourcing Your Python development
Are you thinking of extending the capabilities of your business by outsourcing your Python development? Perhaps you need an extra set of hands to complete a specific project? Whatever kind of tasks you need completed by a Python developer, choosing the right team will make your life a lot easier and ensure that your project is completed on time, within budget, and in accordance with your unique requirements.
But how do you know which Python developers to outsource to? There are a lot of factors to consider. Some of the most important characteristics you should look for in a Python development team include:
- Great communication skills
- Past experience completing projects similar to yours
- A high level of expertise with the Python programming language
- Project management skills to ensure the development process is smooth sailing from start to finish
- Relevant qualifications and certificates
- Fixed affordable rates that meet your budget
By outsourcing your Python development to a team that meets the above criteria, you are more likely to get the results you want from them – at a price you can afford.
Most importantly? You will receive a custom Python solution that you will be proud to show off, and will help your business, organisation, or enterprise achieve your unique goals.
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