Is Python for everyone?
But I am an absolute beginner?
It is for you.
But I am from a completely unrelated field/career?
It is for you too.
But I am too old to learn?
Unless you are dead, It is for you and us all!
Python is one of the most popular programming languages with a wide variety of applications. The reason for its popularity is its simple syntax which reads like English.
Still not convinced it is for everyone? Here is another reason.
Python has various use cases and applications in a variety of industries such as marketing, health, manufacturing e.t.c So no matter what field you are in Python can assist in making your work and that of your enterprise easier, faster and secure.
Now you are convinced Python is for everyone, especially you. Where do you go from here.
You can begin by identifying the niche area you would like to delve into or an area that sparks your interest. Let us discuss some areas you can explore.
Python for what?
Python is widely used in developing web applications. It is commonly used to create the backend of the web applications. There are useful libraries like HTTP. The libraries assist in managing content and the databases.
There are frameworks like Flask, Django, FastAPI that help create robust web applications.
Data Analytics and Data Science
This is an emerging field where data that is often in large amounts is used to draw insights that accelerate businesses. There are various modules that are used and the are:
There are tasks which are repetitive and considered time consuming. Python can be used to write scripts that automate the tasks and save on time and cut down on costs.
Python can be used to create games. Amazing 3D games can be created using packages like Pykyra and Pygame. Games engines can be created using Python.
Embedded systems are software that are set in hardware devices to perform special functions. An example is light sensors, where the software which is a microprocessor is used to power and control the hardware. In the event of an action the sensors are triggered and the either go on or off. It also enables the communication of devices.
There are many other applications. Take your time to explore as many as you can and select any that sparks your interest or that aligns with the career path you are on.
Once you select your area, you can then move to selecting a learning path. There are several ways to go about this and they are as follows:
- Online Courses and Bootcamps There are numerous resources and courses that you can use to get knowledge on Python. They range from free courses to paid courses. Select that which sits right with you. Here are some platforms you can access the courses: Paid Platforms
You can opt for self-paced courses or join a coding bootcamps for your learning journey.
- Coding challenges Once you learn the basics you can test your knowledge with coding challenges. They help sharpen your skillset and help you practice the concepts you have learned. Some platforms you can challenge yourself are :
Hot tip: During interviews employers often take challenges from theses and other code challenge sites to test you at the technical stage.
Read the documentation
Python have one of the best documentation out there. Make use of the documentation. Make it a habit to go through the docs during your learning and debugging process.
Join a community
This is a paramount aspect for every developer. Join a community of developers whether physical or online. This will set you up for success and the community members will assist you be accountable and consistent. They serve to empower each other and foster growth of individuals.
If you ant to go fast. go alone. If you wat to go far, go together
~ African Proverb
Build as You Learn
After you learn and test yourself, do not stop there. Keep practicing! Now you can dive into your niche area and practice.
Make a habit of sharing what you build with the world. Write a blog post or share a screenshot of what your script can do. It promotes personal accountability and will help you network with others on the same path as you.
Until next time, may the code be with you!
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