Yesterday night my brother (who is a 'real programmer') asked me 'why someone would use python?' and I didn't know how to answer.
I think python is awesome, an object-oriented programming language with 'batteries included', open source, great for prototyping (no boiler plate, mostly crossplatform, with a lot of convenient features and clever built-in types).... But in a broader context, well, it's a tough question.
Perhaps python's best feature is its Zen, it's the glue that holds it all together.
- 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!
What do you think? What makes python so awesome?