Can we use Python for enterprise application development?

April 2014

Before jumping into analyzing the development of enterprise application using Python, it is necessary that we understand what kind of language Python is and what it requires to develop an enterprise application. First of all let us get an understanding on what an enterprise application is.

An enterprise application is typically an interlinked close knit application that is used to collect and maintain an enterprise level data. This application not only stores huge amount of information but they are also processed and maintained across multiple levels in great volumes.

Considering the complexity of the enterprise application, a lot of important factors need to be considered while developing this application. Some of these include the system stability, scalability that enables multiple concurrent users access the system at the same time, reliability and back up of data, maintenance and capability to handle huge amount of information in a secured manner.

Having said this, let us analyze further on the features of Python.

Python is a programming language that acts as a scripting as well as an object oriented programming language. The tools that come with Python ensure more flexibility in terms of speed and scalability. The simplicity in coding and easiness in implementation makes Python an easily adaptable programming language at all stages of an application development.

With the above details, it will now be easier for us to deep dive into the actual question- can one use Python for enterprise application development – and undoubtedly the answer would be a ‘Yes’.

The coding standards and simplicity of this language enables the users to develop complex enterprise application in a matter of few lines of code as compared against multiple lines of code that would be required in any other language for the same functionality. The tools that come with Python helps in implementing not only a huge system which integrates and manipulates the data from multiple sources, but also a user friendly UI which enables easy and simple access to data that simplifies the processing of data across multiple branches of the enterprise application.

If one does not wish to develop a complete application with Python, or decides to migrate later on to a different language, that can be done easily with this language. The flexibility of the language with the available tools and libraries enables easy integration with a lot of other programming languages like .NET, JAVA, CORBA etc. Thus, if an existing enterprise application has some modules developed in other languages it could easily be converted and extended, using the libraries available with Python.

With the above analysis, it has been clearly understood that Python could be a good choice for the development of enterprise applications since the implementation is simple and straightforward and the flexibility enables easy integration with multiple languages. The security aspect has also been taken care of and Python being open source enables the user to develop applications for large organizations with multiple features, in a reasonable cost.