Three added benefits of Python for your agency

The programming language made coding clear and creative; users have made it even better in return

Programming languages are a bit like real-world languages: ask someone what’s the best language, and they’ll tell you it’s the one they’re best versed in.

At Caravan we have a long history with Python and little remorse. Are we biased in our admiration for the language, or are we right to hold it up high as a great way to code what drives amazing online products?

Whatever the case, we’re on to something that works extremely well for our clients’ needs and shows signs of longevity in a flash-in-the-pan market of programming languages.

Éric is one of our Python tamers. When asked what stands out as Python’s advantages, he pointed to the following three things:

1. Django Framework: speed, security and scalability

Django is “for perfectionists with deadlines,” according to its motto. The high-level framework, written in Python, bolsters web development when speed is essential. At the same time it encourages clean, pragmatic design — without the need to “reinvent the wheel.”

In our experience, Python with Django integration is a force that has translated into deadlines being met and much satisfaction— either on the client-side or development team at Caravan. The integration provides an amazing service scope under high efficiency. It is also designed to be a reflexive QA for site security, making sure that unwanted backdoors don’t find their way into complicated systems. Finally, the framework allows for scalability without headaches.

The pairing is great for database-driven websites, CMS-like websites, news blogs, and anything that needs to go from nothing to something very quickly.

2. The Python Ecosystem: libraries, extensions and wrappers

This is no small pond; Python finds itself in a thriving ecosystem of support. Its very nature as a open-source language means that it has been built by users. The number of libraries available is unparalleled, and in the off-chance that there isn’t the right extension, other languages can be wrapped in a Python library, absorbing solutions for a great variety of programming needs — from computer vision to sound processing or machine learning.

In a practical sense, this means that there is always a solution when you work with Python.

3. The Developer Profile: People who want some joy in their coding

Readability counts. This is the final line of the Zen of Python philosophy. How does it count? Well, for one, it counts towards side projects (the easier it is to write and understand the language, the easier it is to play in that language). It also counts towards allowing others to understand your code. That definitely counts for a lot on complex programs and picking up where things are left off.

“The joy of coding Python should be in seeing short, concise, readable classes that express a lot of action in a small amount of clear code — not in reams of trivial code that bores the reader to death.” — Guido van Rossum, Python creator

The profile of developers — those who have chosen to become Python experts — is what counts towards Python’s great culture and community. Python attracts people who don’t feel the need to drive things towards complexity, but rather towards simplicity. Python attracts people who believe in open-source based sharing of extensions, libraries and products, and that what they create should be enjoyed by many.

In conclusion

Python’s success and longevity is an example of “if you build it, they will come”: The programming language, built in the spirit of open-source and simplicity, attracted a multitude of talents who continue to make it great. Python embarked on a positive feedback loop — one that we’re proud to be part of at Caravan.

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