Python Trivia Time

Python Trivia Time

Apr 18, 2020

While we all know that Python has been the top programming language according to many programming language surveys what we actually don’t know is whats so interesting about it or who made it and why would it be named Python.

Let’s get into very interesting and fun facts about the language and see how the language actually came into existence.

Below stated are some of the facts that every Python lover would enjoy reading and knowing.

WHY IS IT CALLED PYTHON

As one may perceive the name of this language is not inspired by one of the most dangerous snakes but it is not at all like the snake at all it is rather much user friendly and easy language. So why did the founder name it Python? Guido the founder and creator of Python was a huge fan of the popular British comedy troupe Monty Python (from the 1970s). And while he was one day enjoying it he decided to name the programming language Python. Now isn’t that an interesting fact!

CREATED AS A HOBBY

We all know how holidays can be sometimes boring when we don’t have much to know it was the same for Guido Van Rossum that is when he decided that he needed to adapt something as his hobby. So in the holidays of 1989 he started writing or scripting a new language which he believed would be the descendant of ABC and called it Python.

ZEN OF PYTHON

Tim Peters who is regarded as a major contributor in the Python world wrote a poem to highlight the philosophies of Python. If you type in “import this” in your Python IDLE, you’ll find this poem:

Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Flat is better than nested. Sparse is better than dense. Readability counts. Special cases aren’t special enough to break the rules. Although practicality beats purity. Errors should never pass silently. Unless explicitly silenced. In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess. There should be one– and preferably only one –obvious way to do it. Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you’re Dutch. Now is better than never. Although never is often better than right now. If the implementation is hard to explain, it’s a bad idea. If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea. Namespaces are one honking great idea — let’s do more of those!”

COMPANIES USING PYTHON

As we all know all the big Multinational companies are hiring Python knowledgeable employees what will take you by surprise are some of the companies that are using Python to control a major chunk of their work. Following companies are using Python in day to day life.

NASA, Google, Netflix, Instagram, Facebook, Amazon, Spotify, Etc.

ANTIGRAVITY!!!

If you open IDLE and type in import antigravity it will take you to a comic webpage about antigravity.

PYTHON OVER FRENCH

It was seen in the UK in 2015 that Python took over french language. Many parents encouraged their students to take python over french. It was also seen 75% of the students actually wanted to learn a computer language over a foreign language.

INTERPRETED LANGUAGE

Python is an interpreted language and not a compiled language although compilation is a step in the programming. Compilation involves converting human understandable code into machine understandable code.

Hope you had fun learning some new and interesting facts about Python!



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