PHP famously claims to be the backend programming language for just under 80% of the Internet. However, if you look at the popularity rankings of programming languages, Python is consistently far ahead of PHP. How can that be? Both languages can be used for backend web development, and PHP was even specifically made for that. So which one is better, Python or PHP? If I were starting fresh, I’d pick learning Python versus PHP any day, and here’s why.
It’s hard finding good product people. That fact is really a tragedy because they are probably the most important part of any product-focused organization. I think there is a misconception in the software industry that product managers have a good sense of “what users want”, “what the next feature should be” or “ux design”. In reality, I’ve come to believe that the best product managers aren’t good at any of that, and they know it.
A ruby is a beautiful red gemstone; a python is a beautiful green snake. Aside from that, they’re both very popular programming languages. They’re popular for different reasons, and they’re good at different things. Before you choose between Ruby vs. Python, make sure you ask yourself these 10 questions. While I’m more familiar with Python since I use it for web scraping and data cleaning, Ruby is also worth a mention.
Everyone wants to know the best way to learn to code Python nowadays. It’s a great language, as I’ve written about before, with great career prospects and tons of useful features. For as many reasons as there are to learn Python, there is probably an equivalent number of ways to learn Python. You can already tell because this is a listicle and not a tweet, but the best method to learn Python does not have a single answer.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Python, and that I believe one of the best ways to learn Python is by finding an awesome project you care about to work on. There’s nothing more stimulating than passion and curiosity, and that makes the best projects for Python beginners usually something a little grittier than the standard tutorials. While it’s fine to start with “Hello World”, it’s not exactly the most fascinating of projects and won’t keep you going when the going gets tough.
We recently took a look at our course curriculum and felt that our current Big-O Algorithms course, written in Go, would be better served if it covered Python instead. After much deliberation, we decided to rewrite the course, and we’re super excited to have now released the course in Python! …This led to a larger conversation on how we can help people who don’t want an entire computer science syllabus, and who want more targeted learning – such as a more in-depth journey through Python.