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Python's Popularity Soars

Python is an increasingly popular coding language. In fact, recently the IEEE Spectrum organisation put Python at number one in its programming languages popularity ranking; above C, Java, C++ and C#.

In other words, there's never been a better time to learn the Python language or extend your Python coding skills. Here are a few ideas.

Raspberry Pi

With well over 12 million boards in circulation the Raspberry Pi computer has undoubtably helped Python's impressive adoption rate. Start your Python journey with my free 'Learn Python on the Raspberry Pi' coding tutorial series.


Discover how to code MicroPython programs that run on the micro:bit board, using either a web browser or the free-to-download Mu editor. Tutorial code examples cover interacting with the LED display, A and B buttons plus the built-in sensors.


If you're a Minecraft fan then why not use the hackable Raspberry Pi Minecraft edition to write Minecraft Python code. Other development options include writing Java code using BlueJ.

Astro Pi Data Analysis

The newly launched Astro Pi Mission Zero initiative is designed to encourage young people to create Astro Pi programs. The winning programs will be uploaded and run on the International Space Station (ISS).

In the past I've shown how to explore the downloadable Astro Pi CSV data, associated with Tim Peake's ISS mission, and the related Python Date Filter post.

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