How (and Why) to Get Started with Python for Beginners

May 15, 2023 | What's Hot | 3 min read

Welcome to "Python for Everyone"! If you're not a programmer, rejoice! This blog is for you. When most people think of programming languages, they imagine long lines of complex code and programmers working tirelessly through the night. While some programming languages can be complicated, this is not the case for all of them. Python is an excellent language for beginners and can be used for various daily tasks to improve both your work and home life.

You don't need to be a programmer to understand the basics of Python and streamline many regular, time-consuming activities. For instance, Python can help you do all the following tasks with ease:

  • Preschedule emails and other messages
  • Automate the creation of PowerPoint presentations, marketing campaigns, and Excel pivot tables
  • Organize your music library
  • And even buy concert tickets online

What is Python? (And Why You Should Learn It)

Why should you get started with Python?

So, what exactly is Python, and why is it important to have a basic knowledge of coding and programming languages?

Python is an easy-to-learn, general-purpose programming language that emphasizes code readability. Skillsoft reports that Python is its online learning platform's #1 consumed course. It is one of the most popular programming languages in the world due to its comprehensive standard code library and its power and versatility. Python is integral to web and software development, data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. It is the only programming language that consistently grows in popularity year after year.

The IT Skills and Salary Report reveals that IT leaders' top concerns are their organizations' lack of machine learning and AI skills. AI is a powerful tool but can cause harm if misused. To ensure that AI and machine learning continue to benefit everyone, it is crucial to have a diverse group of people who can think critically about these technologies and contribute to their development.

Education helps prevent potential harm and ensures that AI and machine learning are used responsibly for the greater good. In addition, as organizations push for incentives to draw women into the tech industry, analytics, AI, and machine learning are consistently among the top topics engaging women in tech.

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What can I do with Python?

AI, data science, analytics, and machine learning rely on Python. Therefore, we want to show you the types of things you can do with it and how easy it is.

PowerPoint presentations are something that many professionals deal with regularly, including sales and marketing professionals, business analysts, teachers, trainers, and coaches. With just a few hours of training, which you can get in any beginner Python course, you can have Python create PowerPoint decks, populate them with the information you need to share, and automatically send it out to stakeholders.

Marketing professionals rely on regular analytics reports and market segmentation data to develop successful campaigns. Python can help automate these reports, saving time and allowing experts to focus on doing what they do best.

Python is not only for business use. Ever wonder why concert tickets always sell out so quickly? It's probably because people who know Python are building scripts to search for and get their tickets for them. With just a few lines of code, Python can also help you get those elusive concert tickets.

You can also use Python to migrate a YouTube library to create a Spotify playlist. These may sound like niche examples, but they show Python's versatility. Learning the basics in just a few hours is easy and can help you automate regular, time-consuming tasks and even create complex applications.

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