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Why Is the Programming Language Python So Popular?

May 6th, 2024 | by
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Python has become one of the most popular programming languages in the world in recent years, and for good reason. From its simplicity and readability to its versatility and strong community, Python offers a wealth of benefits that make it a preferred choice for developers in various industries. In this blog post, you can find out why Python is so popular and where the programming language is also used at the IT Center.


What is Python?

Python is an interactive programming language that was developed by Guido van Rossum in the late 1980s. It is characterized by a clear and easy-to-understand syntax that enables developers to program quickly and efficiently. Python is used in various applications, including web development, data analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence. A special feature of Python is the use of indentation instead of parentheses, which results in particularly readable code. The programming language offers an extensive standard library that covers various areas, from string processing to internet protocols and operating system interfaces. Python supports various programming paradigms such as object-oriented, procedural and functional programming. It is portable and runs on various operating systems such as Linux, macOS and Windows.


Python as Glue Code

Python is often used as a popular “glue code”. A glue code is used to connect different parts of a system with each other and makes it possible, for instance, to transfer data between a database and a user interface. Furthermore, Python facilitates communication between different microservices in a distributed system. It also combines functions from different libraries or frameworks to automate complex processes. The purpose of glue code is therefore to seamlessly connect disparate parts of a system and thus improve the overall functionality of the application.


Why is Python So Popular?

Simplicity and readability: The Python programming language has a clear and easy-to-understand syntax that allows people of all experience levels to learn quickly and be productive. Code readability is improved by the use of indentation instead of parentheses or other separators.

Versatility: Python is used in a wide range of applications due to its versatility. From web development and data analysis to artificial intelligence and machine learning, Python offers solutions for diverse requirements. This wide range of applications makes Python extremely attractive for developers and specialists from various industries.

Extensive standard library and large community: Python offers an extensive standard library that provides a variety of functions and modules for different tasks without the need to install external packages. In addition, Python has a large and active community that continuously develops and maintains modules, frameworks and tools, which speeds up development and solves problems more easily.

Portability and platform independence: Python programs can run on different platforms and operating systems, including Windows, macOS and various Unix systems. This facilitates the development of cross-platform applications.

Freedom and open source: Python is an open source programming language, which means that it is freely available and supported by a large community of developers worldwide. This contributes to the continuous development and improvement of the language.

Large companies and organizations use Python: companies such as Google, Facebook, Netflix and NASA use Python for various applications. This gives Python credibility and helps it become a preferred choice for many developers and organizations.


Usage at the IT Center

Python is also used at the IT Center for various applications or purposes. These include JupyterHub and the MUST software, amongst others. In the case of the research data management platform Coscine, it includes evaluation scripts that are used for performance analysis and diagrams that are created based on log data. Python is also used in the Coscine Python SDK, which makes it easier for researchers to interact with Coscine, especially when uploading metadata and files. Python is also used to create the Coscine reporting page.

In addition, there is the opportunity to take a Python course. Further information can be found on the IT Center website.



Overall, Python offers a combination of simplicity, versatility, community, and support that makes it one of the most popular and widely used programming languages in the world. Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced developer, Python provides the tools and resources you need to succeed and develop innovative solutions.

The website of Python served as basis for this article (last accessed on May 2, 2024).

Responsible for the content of this article is Arlinda Ujkani.

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