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But what is Python actually for?

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w3 schools says "Python can be used on a server to create web applications." and wikipedia says "Examples of commonly-used, web applications, include: web-mail, online retail sales, online banking, and online auctions.". 

But why do you need an application on the server to access these things? Surely the information is just held in a database or as variables which you can access with PHP and AJAX? What does Python add?

I thought that a web application was something like Google Docs - something that is like a computer program but which you run in your browser. But would that actually run on the server? Surely you are better off with something like that running in the browser because otherwise there will be calls back to the server with every keystroke, which seems very inefficient.

So maybe someone can clarify for me.

Thanks.

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Python is an alternative to PHP.

PHP is actually not a great language, which is why most larger websites will use something different.

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