How Do You Know If You Should Learn Python?

The most popular question we get from students is whether learning Python is going to worthwhile?

Learning a new programming language is hard work. Should you spend a weekend to learn it?

To make things simpler, let us show you what’s possible with Python. And let the applications speak for themselves. Let’s get started.

Vehicle And Motion Detection

One of the very cool things you could do with Python (among thousands of other applications), is to use motion detection to calculate the number of cars in a video. Watch the 2-minute video below to see how it’s done.

What else can you do with Python for data science?

Python is coined as the ‘second-best language for everything’ in the Python community. Take it as a programming language that does everything, much like a Swiss Army knife for the coding world.

It supports object-oriented programming, structured programming and functional programming patterns.

Here’s a list of some (not all) applications, possible with Python:

  • Finance (Algorithmic Trading) – Much of the hype of many Malaysians, Python can be used to perform financial analysis, creating a trading strategy and to build automated financial tools.
  • Machine Learning – Machine learning is the basis of artificial intelligence as we know it. It focuses on getting programs to access data and learn it.
  • Data Mining – The primary use of Python is for data mining and data analysis. Some corporations use it to collect data from purchasing habits from their customers and even customer journey patterns.
  • Text Mining – Python is also used to scrape text data. One particular case was to scrape Twitter text updates to find out information about users.

So Now What?

So what are you going to do now?

Are you going to spend the next 10 minutes, feeling inspired by seeing all these applications that can be done with Python and get back to your daily lives?

Even if you’re not a programmer, individuals from all walks of life, no matter the job role, can make use of data science skills.

If you want to ACTUALLY increase your net-worth, no matter your industry, turn your skillset to be ready for our data-driven world. Everything you touch today involves data.

Launch your Facebook app, and immediately you’ll have your personal data recorded & collected for future advertising purposes. Take a drive along the roads and you’ll have CCTV cameras collecting data of your road usage. Take a stroll at the park and your phone records your location and the steps you took.

The point is, data is a major part of our lives today. The question is, whether you want to be the person who sits in it and have every piece of data collected of you, or do you want to be the person who creates systems to collect & analyze data.

If becoming fluent in Python and data science sounds exciting to you, then I recommend you check out Learn Python for Data Science, our 2-day physical course from 24th – 25th March, at Six Hatch, Petaling Jaya.

— Edmund Hee

P.S  — Leave a comment below and let me know about one Python application you can think of. I’d want to hear from you.