Is Python the best programming language for beginners

Is Python the Best Programming Language for Beginners?

With so many programming languages out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here at Coder Academy, we teach a range of programming languages, and one of them is Python. Why? Well, we’ll leave that to educator Oliver Lavers to explain.

“Python is an elegant, readable, practical language that can be used in almost every application thanks to its open-source licence and prolific community of contributors,” Oliver says. 

“It is a powerful high-level language that was made with the core philosophical goal that, ‘There should be one - and preferably only one - obvious way’ of performing a given task. This, combined with its simple, English-like syntax makes it easy to learn and a joy to work with.”

Python is incredibly popular. You’ll find it used as part of the tech stack for well-known brands, including Instagram, Spotify, Uber, Netflix, Pinterest, and Google. 

Originally released in 1991 by creator Guido van Rossum, Python is a multi-paradigm programming language that can be used to perform almost any task, and concepts and techniques are transferable to other popular languages like Ruby, JavaScript, C# or C++. 

In terms of job demand, Python may just be the most in-demand language in the world right now. At the end of December last year, a round-up of LinkedIn job listings in the US and Europe saw Python come out on top - suggesting that it will be incredibly important in 2022.  

According to Stack Overflow’s 2021 Developer Survey, Python was the most wanted programming language amongst developers who are not developing with the language currently, but who wish to do so in the future. 

 

Learn Python at Coder Academy

 

Short Course - Programming with Python 

Coder Academy’s short course, Programming with Python, introduces learners to foundational programming topics. 

This course consists of seven modules, and students have six weeks to complete the course online at their own pace. It’s an introduction to the world of programming, as well as the uses and application of Python. 

By gradually introducing new information that allows students to progress through the modules of a single case study, learners can finish the course with the knowledge required to develop a basic Python program. 

 

Learn Python with the Undergraduate Certificate in Programming

The Undergraduate Certificate was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way to fill community and industry needs by reskilling people in the most in-demand areas.

Students enrolled in Undergraduate Certificate programs may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) where their course fees will be covered, less any student contribution amount. 

All Undergraduate Certificates at Coder Academy offer CSPs through the Australian Government’s Graduate Job Ready package.

Undergraduate Certificates can also provide a pathway to further study, with credit provided from your Certificate studies if you then choose to pursue an Undergraduate Diploma or Degree. 

In Coder Academy’s Undergraduate Certificate in Programming, students learn the foundation skills needed to build simple and responsive websites and applications in a part-time course that can be completed 100% online through our virtual classroom

From learning to create a responsive webpage in HTML, using advanced CSS to format the page and incorporate interactivity using web scripting libraries, students progress to Python - learning how to design and implement algorithms for web and application development, as well as how to debug and test them.

 

Introducing Python to Our Web Development Bootcamp

We’ve recently introduced Python to our full stack Web Development Bootcamp syllabus. 

In this course, students learn HTML 5 and CSS for website creation and design. They learn JavaScript and apply it in the MERN (Mongo Express React Node) stack as they work their way towards a nationally recognised and accredited Diploma of Information Technology.

Students also learn the fundamentals of programming, information systems (IS), discrete mathematics as part of computer science, database systems, software engineering skills, and more. 

Until recently, bootcamp students have come to grips with these foundational programming techniques using Ruby on Rails. Now, we will be introducing students to programming with Python. 

So why the switch from Ruby to Python? 

We still stand by Ruby as an easy to understand, general purpose language, but the popularity of Python is impossible to ignore. Our educators work in the tech industry, and they adapt to new languages whenever needed. 

We strive to create learning environments that mimic workplaces, with the educators standing in as senior developers, and the students as junior developers - working on their own projects as they receive mentorship and advice. So it made sense for us to make the shift and train students in another versatile, widely used, and increasingly in-demand language. 

 

At the end of the day, one language isn’t necessarily better than another. There are languages that are easier to learn and to use, but everyone will have their own preferences, and certain languages will be better suited to different projects than others. 

That’s why we teach our students how to become lifelong learners, so that they have a solid foundation to work from, while also possessing the required skills to go on learning new languages, new technologies, and new ways of working as needed. 

 

Our bootcamps produce job-ready and adaptable programmers who are fully equipped to pursue a range of job opportunities. If you would like to learn more about our bootcamps or short courses, you can contact a course adviser or attend an info session

 


Coder Academy is the #1 ranked Australian Coding Bootcamp provider according to Course Report. Our accredited Web Development Bootcamps will set you up for a new career in tech via our Accelerated or our Standard Bootcamps. Our immersive courses help students acquire in-demand skills through hands on, project-based training by industry educators and experts.

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