This: Python Displacing R As The Programming Language For Data Science.
Recently, I've had a former colleague asking questions about Data Science. See Obstinate Idiocy.
They -- weirdly -- insisted that the only language that made sense to them was Excel.
My response was a blunt "What?"
The Python vs. R post cited above clarifies that reasons why a programming language is a better choice than a "tool" or "platform".