What is Python

December 9, 2016 by pranjal

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Last modified December 9, 2016

•Python is a general-purpose interpreted, interactive, object-oriented, and high-level programming language. It was created by Guido van Rossum during 1985- 1990.

•Python is Interpreted: Python is processed at runtime by the interpreter. You do not need to compile your program before executing it. This is similar to PERL and PHP.

•Python is Interactive: You can actually sit at a Python prompt and interact with the interpreter directly to write your programs.

•Python is Object-Oriented: Python supports Object-Oriented style or technique of programming that encapsulates code within objects.

•Python is a Beginner’s Language: Python is a great language for the beginner-level programmers and supports the development of a wide range of applications from simple text processing to WWW browsers to games.

History of Python
•Python was developed by Guido van Rossum in the late eighties and early nineties at the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands.
•Python is derived from many other languages, including ABC, Modula-3, C, C++, Algol-68, SmallTalk, and Unix shell and other scripting languages.
•Python is copyrighted. Like Perl, Python source code is now available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
•Python is now maintained by a core development team at the institute, although Guido van Rossum still holds a vital role in directing its progress.

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