Python and Coding Theory




Python is often used as a scripting language (i.e., a programming language that is used to control software applications). Javascript embedded in a webpage can be used to control how a web browser such as Firefox displays web content, so javascript is a good example of a scripting language. Python can be used as a scripting language for various applications (such as Sage [S]), and is ranked in the top 5-10 worldwide in terms of popularity. Python is fun to use. In fact, the origin of the name comes from the television comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus and it is a common practice to use Monty Python references in example code. It’s okay to laugh while programming in Python (Figure 1). According to the Wikipedia page on Python, Python has seen extensive use in the information security industry, and has been used in a number of commercial software products, including 3D animation packages such as Maya and Blender, and 2D imaging programs like GIMP and Inkscape.

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