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Python Resources

An overview of the capabilities of the Python programming language and resources for learning Python.

General Background

The Python programming language, initially developed by Dutch programmer Guido van Rossum in 1989, has in recent years gained users more rapidly than any other programming language.  This rapid expansion of its user base has led to an expectation among many that it will become the world's most widely used programming language.  Reasons cited for its popularity include:

  • a syntax that, especially for new programmers, is more user-friendly and allows faster code development than competing languages
  • a broad range of possible uses
  • Python code is interpreted and therefore does not need to be compiled before running

This research guide seeks to provide you with information for acquiring and learning Python.  This is a work in progress and will be evolving in the coming months and beyond.