Programming language for your apps or website matters a lot. As an entrepreneur, you need to know which programming language is currently in trend and whether it can meet all your requirements or not. Since there is a huge availability of the internet and many companies like Amplework have a consultant team who can give you a quick guide about which language would be best for your product, you don’t have to worry about your choice.
In this article, we will know about one such programming language “Python”, which companies are using it, and what are the reasons behind it.
Python is an open-source object-oriented language with cross-platform solutions. The language is focused on writing automation scripts or developing prototype apps for both web applications and mobile development. Python comes with consistent syntax, uniform standard delivery, frameworks, documentation, and Django. You can access several modules with an asynchronous coding design. You can use AL and ML for desktop as well as web applications. Some of the popular applications that use Python are YouTube, Instagram, Dropbox, Reddit, Quora, Spotify, etc.
The syntax of Python is very easy to learn which supports readability and reduces the expenses of maintenance of the program. The developers can develop modules and packages which support code reusability and modularity. It is one of the most ideal languages for app development. However, saying a language ideal or popular is not enough for developers. There are more interested to know its benefits, which we have also mentioned.
Python is useful for what purpose?
1. Data Science & Machine Learning:
Python is popular in the field of Data Science & Machine learning. The reason is that most of the libraries involved in data science and ML are having the interface of Python.
2. REST API & Web Development:
The libraries of Python with a plethora of web frameworks allow the developers to develop software easily. Python comes with highly scalable capabilities. You can start everything from REST APIs in Python and end with complex websites.
As Python is an object-oriented language hence it is highly efficient to generate code. So the software is capable to manipulate its own functions.
Major Companies that are using Python:
Now let’s know which companies use Python and why.
Instagram is one of the most popular social networking platforms. Millions of people upload photos, videos, and reels on this app, and interact with the content through Like, Comment, or personally replying to the post. There are more than 400 million daily active users on Instagram who share more than 95 million photos and videos daily.
The company has recently moved to Python 3 because of its simplicity and popularity. It is quite friendly for engineers and they can focus on user-facing features. Its huge popularity also facilitates the search for new developers. However, Instagram faces some problems in its growth which is due to the slowness of Python. But it got resolved by adding more AWS machines.
The company was also considering switching to PHP as it serves as Facebook’s core language. However, on analyzing both of them, the developers find that it won’t bring any huge change and hence they use Python.
It is noticing that the complete process migration took just 10 months and it got divided into several stages. The first one was dedicated to code modification that implied replacing packages that don’t support Python 3 with the ones that support it.
3-4 months -> Third-party packages; 2 months-> Unit Tests; 4 months -> Production rollout
Main reasons why Instagram chose Python:
- Popularity of the language
- Speed of Development
- Developers love it
You must have heard of this music streaming application. Spotify is the best music streaming app. It gives you access to millions of songs, podcasts, and also videos from artists all over the world. Spotify is appealing to the users as they can access the content by just simply signing up through their email or by Facebook.
It is using Python for its backend services and for data analysis. There are many different devices in the Spotify backend which are connected through the messaging protocol. Nearly 80% of these devices are based on Python. Rest is relying on languages like Java, C or C++.
The company is giving most priority to the speed of development and hence they used Python for music streaming. Another big thing in Spotify is to analyze the data. Almost every major company is using users’ data to refine their services. Spotify is using a Java-based framework – Hadoop for this purpose. It is easier to interact with this framework using Python. Henceforth, Python is chosen by Spotify due to its development and community purposes.
Amazon is a world-level application owned by one of the richest men on earth Jeff Bezos. It brings you a next-level shopping experience. You get access to 17 crore original products on Amazon. Not just shopping, on the Amazon application you can recharge your prepaid mobile, DTH account, pay bills, book flights & movie tickets, transfer money, scan & pay at your nearby stores with Amazon Pay.
Amazon is one of the biggest companies which is using Python language. A customer can find personalized recommendations, it is due to Python. Its backend analyzes the buying habits and search patterns of the customer and gave suggestions basis on this. It is also using the Hadoop Framework. They are using Python language because of its so many features for Big Data. It is also scalable and portable.
SurveyMonkey is one of the largest survey companies across the world that process more than 1 million survey distances on daily basis. It is developed on C# and .NET. Generally, they didn’t have any issues with the smoothness of the system but were slower in testing and deploying new features.
Henceforth, they have rewritten the app in Python and broke the features into several independent services. These services are in communication with the web APIs. SurveyMonkey chose Python because of its simplicity, huge range of libraries, which helps to build web apps faster, and tools that facilitate the deployment.
Last but not least, Facebook is something you must have heard of. Facebook is one of the biggest social networking platforms. Just sign-up on this platform using your e-mail and shared updates, photos, videos, and engage with friends by chats, comments, and share. You will get notifications when your friends will like or comment on your shared post. Facebook is using Python for processing the images on its platform. There is a huge amount of data on the platform just due to images. It is using Python for the back-end of their applications with image processing.
As we have seen there are many big companies that are using Python due to its scalability, libraries, and for many other reasons. At Amplework, one of the best mobile app development companies in India, we are having expertise in developing apps in Python. Let us know your requirements.