Roadmap – How to Become a Python Developer?

In a world of Java, Python is quickly making its way into the charts. Python developers are high in demand, and not so high in supply. This means they also get paid a lot. If you’re reading this, it probably means you’ve decided or are deciding to start a career in Python and want to become a Python Developer. How to land a job as a Python Developer? This article will try to answer all your queries about making a career as a Python Developer.

Before we learn how to become a python developer, let’s explore why you should learn Python.

Why Learn Python?

To simply say, Python is at #3 in the TIOBE Index (for popularity of programming languages) for 2019. And in the list of top programming languages for 2019 by the IEEE Spectrum, it is at #1. Python is great both for beginners to programming and for experienced coders. But what makes it even better is that Python is being preferred for domains like Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. It has great analytical capabilities and multiple libraries geared for these domains, it is a very powerful general-purpose language. Ready to learn Python? Now, let’s find out how to do it to get a job as a Python Developer.

How to Become a Python Developer?

Below is the Python developer roadmap –

  • Decide to learn Python; decide why you want to do it.
  • Follow online tutorials. DataFlair has this comprehensive list of Python tutorials where you’ll find everything at one place. Keep practising as you learn.
  • Read some good books on Python and enroll in an online Python course. DataFlair just launched its Certified Python Course to help you learn Python. Here, you’ll understand the concepts, solve practicals and assignments, and even work on some exciting projects.
  • Keep reading the official Python documentation for different constructs.
  • Take a peek into the source code of your favorite Python package to know how it works.

How to become a python developer

Follow these steps to become the next Python Developer –

1. What to Learn in Python?

  • Learn the basics. Learn about its history, syntax, installation, and some basic constructs like statements, variables, and operators.
  • Find out about the applications of Python. Also understand the differences between Python 2 and Python 3.
  • Learn about basic data structures like lists, sets, and dictionaries.
  • Understand important concepts like decision making and loops.
  • Learn how to create a virtual environment.
  • Move on to functions and recursion.
  • Get started with object-oriented concepts like classes and methods, and inheritance and overloading.
  • Find out about modules and packages, and get some experience with common modules like os, namedtuple, and calendar.
  • Learn file handling. Learn about more complex topics like generators and decorators, and shallow and deep copying.
  • Also, learn to generate and use random numbers and regular expressions.
  • Learn about more complex topics like networking, XML processing, and multiprocessing.
  • Learn to build GUIs with Python.
  • Find out about exceptions and how to handle them.
  • Learn to use SciPy, NumPy, and Pandas.
  • Learn to debug, unit-test, log, serialize, and access the database.

2. Things to master Python

  • Frameworks

You should now learn to work on a framework. Python has some very powerful frameworks like Django, Flask, and CherryPy. You can begin with Django, which is a very powerful framework following the DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) principle. It makes work easier for you and takes care of trivial things.

  • ORM Libraries

ORM stands for Object Relational Mapping. This is a way to query and manipulate data from a database using an object-oriented paradigm. You can learn to use ORM libraries like SQLAlchemy and Django ORM. This is easier and faster than writing SQL.

become python developer - Python Django ORM

  • Front-End Technologies

Technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript/jQuery are not a requirement to be a Python developer. But if you can, try to gain a basic understanding of these, and they will let you understand how things work and what is possible. As a Python developer, you may need to work with the front-end team.

  • Version Control

Changes to a code multiple times by multiple people can ultimately break it. You should learn GitHub and its simple terms like push, pull, fork, and commit if you want to implement version control (you should).

3. Build Projects in Python

You now have enough skills; building some personal python projects will give you confidence. You can also build something to try and solve an actual problem you face. Once you feel confident enough, you can then build for popular open-source projects like Django.

Check out 6 Python Projects with source code and become the python developer 

Who is a Good Python Developer?

To be a good Python developer, you will need more than just technical knowledge and the following skills:

  • A problem-solving mindset
  • Strong communication skills- You’ll need to communicate project requirements and features to your team. This will also help you write better documentation.
  • An eagerness to learn new tools and libraries
  • Knowledge of how things work internally
  • Strong technical skills

Now that you know what to learn and how to do it, get ready and enroll in this Python course to change your life.

Summary

We have discussed how to become a Python Developer and who is a good Python Developer. If you follow the above career path wisely, you are on the way to achieve success. If there is anything that is not clear to you, ask in comment. DataFlair will definitely help you.

9 Responses

  1. Ajay Khanna says:

    Superb.. Thank you so much for providing a detailed path to how to be a python developer.

    • DataFlair Team says:

      Thanks for the feedback. You can take our Certified Python Training Course that will help you to boost your career and grab the top Python jobs in the IT world. (The link to the Python course is mentioned in the article).

  2. ADITYA SARASWAT says:

    At max How much of this is taught in colleges

    • DataFlair Team says:

      That may depend on your university. But the syllabus will generally revolve around the basics, data structures, control flow, object-oriented programming, exceptions, modules and packages, and some standard libraries.

  3. Shubham Dubey says:

    None

  4. Jyoti says:

    How much time is required to learn all these??

    • DataFlair Team says:

      Learning the basics will not take much time as Python has a smooth learning curve and a simple syntax. But to improve your skills, you will need to practice and work on projects. How long that will take depends on how devoted you are to learning Python.

  5. Rajat Maan says:

    Sir, I completed learning basics of Python and also completed a project that is QR Code using Django and MySQL database. Now I Want to ask what will I do further. I want to learn more in Python.

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