I am going to start taking a computer programming class for school in a few days. In the first semester they are teaching python and how to use it to program a robot. I was wondering if python was a very popular and/or powerful language, or if it is just more of a base language to teach something more complex, like Java which they are teaching in the second semester. Any help is greatly apreciated and thank you very much.
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Oh yeah, Python is great - my favorite language. Right now I'm programming in Java/JSP, but also have worked extensively with VB.NET, C#, C, VB6, and older languages, and Python is my all-time favorite.
It suffers from the lack of a good IDE and GUI builder. There's a way you can hack Python support into Visual Studio, but when I tried it, it had some limitations - incompatibility with some third party libraries I was using, so I was booted back to using IDLE.
If it wasn't for that, I believe it would have more market share by now. But for a gentle introduction to programming languages, it would be fabulous!