Move from Excel to Python with Pandas Transcripts
Chapter: Welcome to the course
Lecture: Why Python?
0:00 Python has been around since the late 19 nineties but has exploded in popularity recently
0:05 This chart, from a Stack Overflow survey shows the surge in Pythons popularity over the
0:11 past five years. Popularity in and of itself is not a reason to use the
0:15 language, however, popularity means there's a large pool of users documentation libraries to solve
0:20 various tests. Part of the reason for Pythons popularity is that it is easy to
0:25 learn. Python has many language characteristics to make it easy for brand new programmers or
0:30 new to Python programmers to get up to speed and productive in a reasonable amount of
0:34 time, one of the areas where Python has improved in the past few years. Is installing it on windows, Python,
0:41 has always worked on Linux and Mac and could work on Windows but sometimes challenging to get working. However, in recent years,
0:49 even Microsoft has taken a supportive stance on getting Python installed. In fact, they have official documentation,
0:55 describes how to use Python for development windows. Finally, Python has always been considered a good glue language for automating tasks.
1:03 Within the past five years, the Python ecosystem has grown to include libraries such as
1:07 pandas, which are excellent for many of the tasks Excel struggles with the pandas Library
1:13 constrain line many of the data wrangling and analysis task that excel is not suited for.
1:17 In addition, pandas and other libraries like NumPy and Sci-kit-Learn our industrial
1:22 strength data science tools that can grow with you as you progress your skills.