Even if you’re not a programmer, you’ve probably heard of the Python language at some point. Created in 1991, it has evolved quite a lot (we’re at version 3.6.5 now) and won over many enthusiasts. Python fans like it for its simplicity and beauty. Two mottos: ‘beautiful is better than ugly’ and ‘simple is better than complex’ are part of the language’s core philosophy summarised in The Zen of Python. Python is also versatile. As a multi-paradigm language, it allows developers to build their programs using multiple approaches, including both object-oriented programming and functional programming. No wonder then that so many tech giants use Python to develop their products. Read on to learn about the top 8 companies that use Python in their business!
1. Dropbox and Python
Who doesn’t love Dropbox? The company managed to take something deceivingly simple (storing stuff online), scale it to an incredible level, create a product that’s great to use, and make tonnes of money in the process. Dropbox, currently valued at somewhere around $8bn, uses Python for a lot of things, including their polished and friendly desktop client.
2. Instagram and Python
Although Instagram’s tech stack has evolved quite a lot since their humble beginnings, there would be no Instagram today without Python. Before the image-sharing company got acquired for huge amounts of cash by Facebook, it was just a fairly simple website built on Django. For the uninitiated, Django is a high-level Python web framework. Its creators boast that it’s ‘ridiculously fast, reassuringly secure and exceedingly scalable’, and there must be something to it. In fact, Instagram still uses Django today. If it’s good enough for the multi-billion-dollar social media wonder, it’s probably good enough for the rest of us.
3. IBM and Python
Remember the old bromide saying that ‘nobody ever got fired for buying IBM’? Although it might not actually be a compliment if you think about it for a while, there’s no arguing that IBM was – and in many ways, still is – a tech powerhouse. From old-time mainframes, to the still-beloved model M keyboard and ThinkPads, to today’s Watson – the company has been contributing to the tech landscape for decades. What’s their relationship with Python? Well, you can deploy a Python web server on IBM Bluemix; there’s a Python SDK for Watson (IBM’s big data and AI offering); IBM even published a free Python tutorial for autodidacts. If even IBM, the ultimate tech dinosaur, uses Python, then there must be something to it.
4. Netflix and Python
What Spotify did for music, Netflix did for video. Having started as a DVD-by-mail service, they’re now a high-tech leader, providing streaming video content to hundreds of millions of subscribers. One of Netflix’s strengths is its powerful recommendation and analytics engine, allowing the company not just to provide you with suggestions, but also predict what kind of original content they should order. What’s the engine based on? You guessed correct. It’s Python.
5. Spotify and Python
Spotify, the music streaming platform, is a modern mainstay. Thanks to Spotify, long gone are the days of chasing down mp3s on Limewire or Soulseek, looking for torrents on obscure invite-only websites, or listening to low-quality rips on YouTube. And, guess what? Spotify loves Python. They use it for the backend, analytics and much more – and, if you’ve ever used Spotify, you know that the results are great.
6. Reddit and Python
The self-appointed ‘front page of the internet’ is everyone’s favourite source of dank memes, cat videos, and tight-knit community interactions alike. Although it used to have quite a reputation for uptime issues, the company’s now on the straight and narrow, with its coffers full of VC money, a growing engineering team, and hundreds of millions of users visiting it every day. Why does Reddit love Python? For what it does best – simplicity and tons of ready-to-use libraries.
7. Facebook and Python
Facebook, although it’s got some bad press due to its nosy habits and robotic CEO, is one of the biggest and most important companies in history. With over a billion active users, Facebook is practically synonymous with social media. The company is huge, and so is its tech stack, which includes a lot of languages and technologies. However, according to an official blog post from Facebook, Python is responsible for a solid 21% of Facebook’s infrastructure’s codebase. Given the sky-high requirements of this tech giant, 21% is definitely nothing to sneeze at.
8. Google and Python
Google is so huge and omnipresent that it’s difficult to say anything about the company that wasn’t said a thousand times before. They have their fingers in everything – video and music streaming, email, search, advertising, self-driving cars, hardware, and much more. And what’s one of their engineering mottos? “Python where we can, C++ where we must”. Besides multiple components, libraries and so on, basically all of Youtube is written in Python. You know, the biggest video streaming platform in the world. If that’s not enough of a recommendation for you, nothing will be.
As you can see, Python is not just a way to make a quick and dirty prototype or a ‘teaching language’ for beginners. It’s a powerful tool used by multi-billion-dollar corporations and extremely talented developers around the world. Basically every FAANG company uses it, and for very good reasons. Do you want to learn more about Python? Are you wondering if it’s a good match for your next project? Drop us a line or just leave a comment below – we’re always happy to talk.