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Why We Use Python At Byte Orbit

24 May 2023 •

By: Charl Technology

Python is one of the most well-known programming languages used in countless applications, from small-scale endeavours to very large prototypes such as Instagram, boasting billions of active users and monthly transactions.

Exploring the World of Python: Beyond the Reptile Connection

Python was developed by Guido van Rossum, who started development of the programming language in the late 1980s with the first version being released in 1991. You might ask, why would someone embark on the journey of creating a new programming language when there are already multiple competitors in the market? Van Rossum was out to create a language that was easier to use and would allow for quicker development while still being a powerful language. This is echoed in The Zen of Python, which is included in the programming language:

“Beautiful is better than ugly.

Explicit is better than implicit.

Simple is better than complex.

Complex is better than complicated.”

Why did we adopt Python at Byte Orbit?

Here at Byte Orbit, we adopted Python over a decade ago. It plays a crucial role in most of the backend applications we build and has become one of the main go-to tools in our tool kit.

Developers collaborating at Byte Orbit

One big advantage of Python is its versatility. It is a general-purpose language, which means it can be used for a variety of tasks, such as web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, etc., and can be used on various operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. This makes it an excellent choice for organisations like ours who work on multiple projects across different platforms and industries.

As any organisation grows, it is important to have applications which are easy to maintain. This is another strong suit of Python, having a syntax that is easy to understand and use - even for beginners. Its clean and readable code makes it easier for programmers to write code that can be maintained and understood by others.

Python Has a Strong Community

The Python community is also what makes it such a superpower, having thousands of openly available libraries that are maintained and improved on by large organisations, nonprofits and individual contributors. This rich set of libraries and frameworks makes it easy to build complex applications. These libraries and frameworks provide functionality for tasks such as web development, data analysis, scientific computing, and many more. In addition, Python ships with an extensive standard library, which is a set of utilities that can solve a vast variety of problems and tasks and does not require the installation of additional libraries.

Leveraging the Power of Python and Django at Byte Orbit

Along with Python, we make use of Django, which is an open-source web framework built in Python. Django, along with Python, forms the foundation of many of the backend systems we build.

Django's high-level abstractions make it easy to build complex web applications quickly. It includes built-in features for user authentication, content management, and admin interfaces, which can save developers a lot of time when building applications. Django includes a templating engine which also makes it easy to build dynamic web pages quickly.

Developers collaborating at Byte Orbit

Python and Django exhibit exceptional scalability and performance capabilities. Python's performance has improved significantly in recent years, making it a viable option for high-performance applications. Django's built-in caching, session management, and database optimisation features make it easy to build scalable web applications that can handle high traffic volumes.

Django includes built-in features for user authentication and security, which can help developers build secure web applications quickly. Django also provides protection against common security vulnerabilities, such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgery (CSRF). Even though the security of any system being built should not solely depend on these features, it is crucial to build from a solid foundation which is being tested, maintained and actively improved by a community of contributors.

Why we use Python at Byte Orbit

In conclusion, Python and Django are both excellent choices for building web applications. Python's simplicity, scalability, and performance makes it an ideal language for web development, while Django's high-level abstractions, built-in features, and security make it easy to build complex web applications quickly.

Additionally, Python's versatility and flexibility makes it an excellent choice for developers who need to work on multiple projects across different domains. With Python and Django, you can build powerful and secure web applications quickly and easily.

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24 May 2023
By: Charl

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