What Is Python?

Week 1: A Brief Introduction To Python · Lesson 4 · 5 minutes


And what does Python have to do with the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Python was developed in 1991 by Guido Van Rossum. It was made specifically at Google, and initially anyone who wanted to learn it would have to go to Google. But it's named for the British comedy group Monty Python, not a snake. 

Almost all companies uses Python. It's so useful for data and analytics, that anyone who does data science usually work in Python. 

For this class, we're going to be using Python 3. There are a few differences between Python 2 and Python 3, and surprisingly a lot of people still use Python 2, but that's ok.