A Brief History of Python

Wanna hear the history of Python? If yes, read on, if no, you can skip straight to the Level One of the course!

Imagine it’s 1980, the era of neon lights and leg warmers. It’s Christmas break and everyone is playing with Rubix cubes. Everyone except for one Dutch computer scientist named Guido van Rossum who has an itch. He wants to create a programming language that’s as powerful as a lion but chill as a panda. Why? Because the existing options were clunky and confusing! They were like trying to code with boxing gloves on.

So, in his spare time (because being a coding rockstar is a side hustle, apparently!), Guido starts tinkering.

He takes some ideas from a language called ABC, designed to be super beginner-friendly, and mixes them with his own coding magic. The result? Python!

Now, Python wasn’t named after the slithering reptiles you might think. Guido was actually a huge fan of the wacky British comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (think silly sketches and giant rabbits). But hey, the snake logo kind of stuck, and it fits Python’s reputation for being flexible and adaptable.

Fast forward to today Python is super popular, it has a huge community, and it’s super welcoming to beginners. So even if you’ve never typed a line of code before, Python’s clear syntax and this course, ahem, will have you coding like a pro in no time.

And that’s the history of Python, there you have it. Let’s access the Level One!

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