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7 August 2018 | 0

Python continues to build momentum, approaching the Top 3 in the Tiobe language popularity index after having already scaled the language ratings from IEEE and PyPL.

Python, which has become a popular option in data science and machine learning, is creeping up on third-place C++ in Tiobe’s index, which bases popularity on a formula assessing searches in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Wikipedia. In this month’s index, Python is in fourth place with a rating of 6.992%, less than a half of a percentage point behind C++, rated at 7.471%. (In July, the gap between the two was 1.254 points.)

If Python can surpass C++, it would be the language’s first foray into the Tiobe Top 3. Tiobe not only expects this to happen but believes Python might even ascend to the index’s number 1 spot, which has been occupied by Java for most of the past several years.

Tiobe’s August rankings were as follows:

  1. Java, with a rating of 16.881%
  2. C, at 14.966%
  3. C++, at 7.471%
  4. Python, at 6.992%
  5. Visual Basic.Net, at 4.762%
  6. C#, at 3.541%
  7. PHP, at 2.925%
  8. JavaScript, at 2.411%
  9. SQL, at 2.316%
  10. Assembly, at 1.409%

The most-recent PyPL and IEEE indexes were ruled by Python. PyPL assesses popularity based on searches on language tutorials in Google while IEEE looks at contexts such as social chatter, open source code production, and job postings. IEEE rankings for 2018, published on 31 July, were as follows:

  1. Python
  2. C++
  3. C
  4. Java
  5. C#
  6. PHP
  7. R
  8. JavaScript
  9. Go
  10. Assembly

PyPL’s top 10 for July were:

  1. Python, with 23.59%
  2. Java, at 22.4%
  3. JavaScript, at 8.49%
  4. PHP, at 7.93%
  5. C#, at 7.84%
  6. C/C++, at 6.28%
  7. R, at (4.18%
  8. Objective-C, at 3.4%
  9. Swift, at 2.65%
  10. Matlab, at 2.25%

 

 

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