Is Python Hard To Learn?

I am sitting here at my home and thinking about answering a common question asked by absolute beginners. I get this question a lot. Is Python programming language hard to learn? Let’s answer this question in this article.

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Is Python hard to learn? Python programming language is easy to learn, compared to any other programming language. If you are very new to computer programming, you might feel it hard to learn at first. But, you will be able to pick it up pretty quickly and then it will be all fun.

But don’t worry. I will try to explain how to learn python in the right way and will share some tips and resources to help you.

The Truth About Python Programming

In life, almost everything worthwhile is hard. Python programming is one skill that is worth doing, that can make you money, that can make you happy, that can satisfy you, and that is not so hard.

I am not going to lie to you and say that you will learn it instantly. It might be tough for beginners. But, it is not harder than any other field that you want to get good at.

For me, the first programming language I learned was the C language. I still remember there were many days where I thought like why the hell I’m learning this thing called programming. It didn’t make any sense to me in those early days.

I used to write the code that my teacher gave me, completely copying it, and then running it on my computer, without knowing what was happening. But gradually, I got the feel of programming, and then it was easy and fun.

So, if you are going to start learning to code, do not worry. Just learn Python programming. Within a few days, you will get the feel of the language, and I can guarantee you that it will be very interesting after that period.

I learned Python within a week. I am not saying that I learned everything about the language and became an expert in it within a week. But, I was able to understand the basics of the language so much so that I could create some basic programs like sorting a list of numbers, finding the factorial of a number, etc.

I was able to do this since I had some previous experience in programming. I knew C language and the fundamentals of programming like loops, functions, conditional statements, etc. So, it was easy for me to switch from C language to Python. Both languages were pretty similar in many aspects.

The syntax of Python is very simple and easy to learn compared to other languages. So, you should be able to easily pick it up if you understand programming or have programmed before.

It might not be that easy for you if you do not know anything about programming. However, you will be able to pick it up slowly. Compared to learning other languages, Python will be easy for you to master.

For me, it took a lot of time to learn the C language since I did not know anything about programming. But, I was able to learn it within a couple of months. If I can learn the C language in two months, I am sure that you can master Python within that much time.

There are a lot of online materials and courses available on the Internet, which can help you learn the language pretty easily. Just take an online course.

It doesn’t matter whether it is a paid course or a free one. Pick a course you like. You will be able to learn the basics of the programming language with ease.

If you want to practice doing Python, you can use online coding platforms like Repl.it. You don’t need to download all the software and code editors. You can type your code and run it within this online platform.

Once you get down to some serious problems, python is just as difficult as any other programming language. When it comes to some deep topics like multithreading, classes, inheritance, etc., it will become harder to code, like any other language.

Don’t let your fear of failure stop you from achieving your goals. Python programming is an awesome field. I think in today’s world, everybody should be doing this.

Now, let’s see some doubts that beginner programmers often have. 

Do You Need To Know Math To Learn Programming?

Let’s bust this myth right away. You don’t have to be good at maths to become a programmer. At least for the first few years, you will not be dealing with any maths if you are not into certain specific fields.

You should know the basic stuff like addition, multiplication, factorial, etc., to solve those math-related problems using programming. To figure out what your program should say, you’re going to need some basic logic skills.

There are some fields in programming in which some basic math knowledge would be handy. If you want to go into fields like machine learning and data science, then you would need the math skills.

But, for most of the software development roles like web development, mobile application development, etc., math has very little to do, especially at the early stages. 

What Is The Best Age To Learn Programming?

Python is an object-oriented programming language. It is not an age-oriented one. There is no such age limitation when it comes to programming.

Anybody can learn to code at any age. The only requirement as far as I feel is, the ability to read and write. Accordingly, you can learn and explore any technologies.

Python can be used as an introductory programming language for anyone. Even if you are a small kid, you can learn Python. Many kids learn to code at the age of 5 and 6.

Now, you have a lot of resources available to learn to code. If you have the will to learn, then age or any other things can stop you from learning to code.

Why Should You Learn Computer Programming?

A computer can not understand human language. It can only understand 0s and 1s. We can’t just give all the instructions in 0s and 1s directly to the computer. It will be very hard, right?

That is why we use programming languages. When we write programs in any programming language like Python, it will be then converted to machine language by programs called compilers or interpreters. So, it will be easy to give instructions to the computer.

When you start learning to program, you develop the habit of working your way out in a very structured format. You start thinking logically, which results in more creative solutions you’ve ever given.

A simple computer program is capable of doing many things. You can automate a lot of difficult tasks which will make your life easy. It can solve many people’s problems and positively impact the world.

Conclusion

I am excited that you have decided to embark on the journey of learning Python. It is easy to learn compared to any other programming language. So, I would highly recommend you start learning Python.

Now is the right time to learn Python. The popularity of this programming language is improving consistently. With the emergence of artificial intelligence and machine learning, Python could be the next big thing. It is still a big thing.

So, learn it as soon as you can. I have an in-depth tutorial on the basics of Python. If you are interested, you can check it out here. Also, check out my resources page to see my recommended books to learn Python.

If you have any doubts or queries, ask them in the comments section. I will be happy to help you to start your programming journey.

I would appreciate it if you would be willing to share this article. It will encourage me to create more articles answering your questions.

Happy coding!

Ashwin Joy

I'm the face behind Pythonista Planet. I learned my first programming language back in 2015. Ever since then, I've been learning programming and immersing myself in technology. On this site, I share everything that I've learned about computer programming.

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