Developing a new web platform or app for your business is not as simple as just saying “we are going to build an app.”
One of the critical considerations you must make is around the coding language you want to use. Your choice could influence everything from how you build a website or app to its usability. Whether you are building your new platform to work as an in-house application for your teams, or you will roll it out to customers, you must get it right.
In contrast, W3Techs data shows “only” 1.4% of websites use Python. However, when you consider there are at least 1.6 billion websites in existence, that’s still a substantial number. The popularity and usage of Python continues to grow steadily, too.
We’ll explore the reason for the vast disparity in numbers as we go through this guide.
What is Python?
Python is a highly versatile language. For example, if developers create a Python application on a Mac platform, it will also run on Linux and Windows platforms, and vice versa. Such cross-compatibility can save your developers a substantial amount of time if you are looking to roll out a new program or application to your teams or customers.
The most common use for Python is to create web and mobile applications. However, you can also use Python to:
- Create bespoke desktop software or even full operating systems.
- Create APIs for software integrations.
- Develop data analytics software and dashboards.
- Develop machine learning algorithms and systems.
- Develop games, either as a consumer product or to gamify some of your operations and in-house metrics.
Python is also easy to learn, and depending on your business' objectives is also a language you might encourage your teams to become familiar with.
- Both are object-orientated languages, meaning you write software and applications around objects and data, rather than functions and logic. This factor also contributes to the ease of learning both languages.
- They are both ideal to use in large and complex software development projects.
- Both see extensive use across a variety of web development projects.
Due to the versatility of both languages, it is common for developers to know both if they are looking to develop a "full-stack" portfolio. As such, it should be straightforward for your business to use both languages as and when you need to.
To answer this question, you first need to finalise the scope of a specific development project.
In contrast, if you want to create a software platform, either for in-house use or customers, or develop data analytics, machine learning programs, or games, Python would be the language to use.