Python Pluses


Though Python language came into being in early 1990’s, yet it is competing with ever-popular languages such as C, C++, java etc. in popularity index. Although, it is not perfect for every type of application, yet it has many strengths that make it a good choice for many situations. Let’s see what are these pluses of Python.

Pluses of Python

  • Easy to use OO Language
  • Expressive Language
  • Interpreted Language
  • Its Completeness
  • Cross-platform Language
  • Free and Open Source
  • Variety of Usage / Applications

1- Easy to Use 

Python is compact and very easy to use object oriented language with very simple syntax rules. It is a very high level language and thus very-very programmer-friendly.

2- Expressive Language

Python’s expressiveness means it is more capable to expressing the code’s purpose than many other languages. Reason being – fewer lines of code, simpler syntax.

For example, consider following two sets of codes :

// In C++ : Swap Values                                                                                                                  int a = 2, b = 3, temp ;                                                                                                     temp = a ;                                                                                                                      a = b ;

                      b= temp ;                                                                           

#In PythonSwap values 

                    a,b = 2,3

                     a ,b = b,a 


which one is compact and easier to understand ? Need I say more ? . This is the simplest example, you’ll find many more such examples of Python’s expressiveness in the due course.

3- Interpreted Language

Python is an interpreted language, not a complied language. This means that the Python installation interprets and executes the code line by line at a time. It makes Python an easy-to-debug language and thus suitable for beginners to advanced users.

4- It Completeness

When you install Python, you get everything you need to do real work. You do not need to download and install additional libraries ; all types of required functionality is available through various modules of python standard library¹. For example, for diverse functionality such as emails, web- pages, databases, GUI development, network connections and many more, everything is available in python standard library. Thus, it is also called – Python follows ” Batteries Included ” philosophy.

5-Cross-platform Language

Python can run equally well on variety of platforms – Windows, Linux/UNIX, Macintosh, supercomputers, smart phones etc². Isn’t that amazing ? And that makes pythona true cross-platform language. Or in other words, python is a portable language.

6- Free and Open Source 

Python language is freely available i.e., without any cost (from www. And not only is it free, its source-code (i.e., complete program instructions) is also available, i.e., it is open-source also. Do you know, you can modify, improve/extend an open-source software !

7- Variety of Usage/Applications

Python has evolved into a powerful, complete and useful language over these years. These days python is being used in many diverse fields/applications, some of which are :

  • Scripting
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Web Applications
  • GUI Programs
  • Game development
  • Database Applications
  • System Administrations


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