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26 March 2013

Learn Python - Why Python?

Python is the official development language of the Raspberry Pi. The complete language is already present on the official 'Wheezy' Debian Linux-based operating system image (see the Pi downloads page).

Python has a clear and easy-to-grasp syntax. Its many powerful features enable us to create useful programs with only a few lines of code. In addition to a rich collection of built-in functionality there are hundreds of specialised modules.

Modules to help you write code for tools, utilities, games, websites, smartphones, robotics, and much more. There's also a friendly and highly active community, who have created thousands of useful code samples, tips, Wiki help pages and 'how-to' videos.

As Python is free to use and distribute it's found in software companies, research laboratories and academic institutions across the world. Google developers, astronomers, robotics engineers, space scientists, nuclear physicists and bioinformatics researchers all have used Python.

Becoming proficient in Python programming will open a door to the world of software development. Python runs on just about every operating system. It can be found on PCs, tablets, smartphones, games consoles and many other small hardware devices. And the programming skills you'll learn can be applied to other languages, such as JavaScript, PHP, C, C++, C# and Java.

A post from my Learn Python on the Raspberry Pi tutorial.

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