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Automate boring stuff using Python: Other than automating ?

 
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What are the other practical tasks for which Python can be used other than automating ?

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You can do anything with python, starting from small automation scripts, up to fully fledged web apps.
 
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Python is popular in data science, because it has excellent scientific and analytical libraries such as Pandas, and the IPython Notebook browser-based interface is great for ad hoc data exploration.

Python is also supported by the powerful Apache Spark platform for distributed data processing, which is being seen as an alternative to Hadoop for Big Data applications.

You really can do pretty much anything you want in Python.
 
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As others have said, Python is a good general purpose language. Django (and other frameworks) makes it good for web apps. Pandas and numpy/scipy make it good for science and number crunching. It's clean syntax and standard library make it good for general scripting and sysadmin work. Celery, Fabric, Chef, etc. make it good for devops.

Python seems to lack in the gaming area, though there are professional games written in Python: http://inventwithpython.com/blog/2013/02/19/what-professional-games-use-pygame/

I know "Python can do anything" is vague (and true of all languages), but because it has a simple syntax Python is a great tool for any problem. It's the reason I write all my programming-for-complete-beginners books using Python.
 
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