Python is more than just an easy programming language that’s highly recommended for beginners to learn as their first language, neither is it just another language for scraping purposes. It serves a much greater purpose, and many of the top U.S. universities have already integrated Python as an essential programming language to learn.
Python is in a bit of a mud right now. There is Python 2.7 that’s still very popular, and then there is Python 3 – which lately has proved to be in more demand than ever before, many of the polls I’ve seen, seem to be in favor of Python 3, but there is already discussion happening around the future of Python 4.
I’m in favor of evolution of this programming language, it only seems fair to the people who have already made the transition from the second version to the third, and something tells me that many of the high-end Python programmers WOULD love to see the language progress. Dan Stephenson published a nice little summary for what he thinks might be the answer to the progression of Python.
You already know that programming isn’t the same without some tools to help us along the way, this is especially true for those programmers, developers and engineers who’re fond of the Linux operating system. It seems that people who use Linux are always building new command line tools to help everyone achieve their desired results quicker. Do you think that’s a true statement? Would you be able to go into detail about it?
Right, so here we have a nice little slideshow presentation that displays some of the most popular and useful tools for Python developers, programmers. I didn’t count the total number, instead I took into account: usability, usefulness, and resourcefulness. My favorites from the list were: pip, PEP 8, and Sphinx.
IPython is a command shell for interactive computing in multiple programming languages, originally developed for the Python programming language, that offers enhanced introspection, rich media, additional shell syntax, tab completion, and rich history.
Installation of IPython is pretty straightforward:
apt-get install IPython // Ubuntu // you can also use pip to install IPython pip install IPython // default pip install IPython[notebook] // extensive
in case you ever get bored of the default Python shell terminal, you may want to give IPython a try, as it provides some extended features that might make your development process a bit more fun. You also get to host everything on a management system, while may or may not be something you’ve looked for before.
Overall, it’s a nice little list of useful tools that will help to amplify your default Python workflow. I couldn’t think of many other tools to add to this list, but in case you did – would you be so kind to share with the rest of the community? I’m eager to see what else it out there, which appeals to the majority of Python developers.