Outsiders tend to think of computer programming as a complex field full of highly specific tools. But the truth is, it’s gotten a lot simpler over the years. Now, there’s one programming language snaking its way through the background of most apps and games—not to mention algorithms that drive internet commerce: Python. And if you want to call yourself a coder, it’s the one tool you absolutely need to be able to use.
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