Advantages of Python Programming Language
Back in 2011 I wrote the original article on The Advantages of Python and was at the top of the search engines for years on related terms. Sheesh, another squandered opportunity! But you’ll learn that stuff these days from everyone. I’m here now to tell you what you won’t hear other places.
Python’s Named Like Iceland Was By Vikings
Even though the creator of Python, Guido van Rossum, is Dutch, he’s a honorary Viking because of how he named the lush green inviting landscape that is Python the same way the Vikings named the green place Iceland and the icy place Greenland. I mean, how much more popular would Python be today if it wasn’t so inappropriately named after a macho alpha constrictor snake?
Python’s Named After a Slithery Theater Agent
When naming their British comedy troupe Monty Python, John Cleese suggested “Python” as something slimy and slithery like a bad theatrical agent who could have brought them together. When naming his programming language, Guido van Rossum said “yeah, let’s use that!” And so one of the greatest misnomers in all of tech-history was born. I think it would have been more appropriately named “Dent” for Arthur Dent, the character from the SciFi novel Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, because indents matter. And in defense of python’s, they’re not slimy, Mr. Cleese.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python
And another connection between Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy and Python is that one of the best books ever written about Python which comes from the author of the immensely popular Requests HTTP “for humans” package, Kenneth Reitz, is named Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python. The thing that makes it so great is that Kennith was the first to show you how to code Python like a true Pythonista, that is in the most Pythonic way possible. Others have done it since, but he was first and showed the way just as he did with Requests.