There are also other advanced versions of the language such as Node.js which are used for adding extra functionalities on the server-side of applications.
Here is a Stack Overflow chart that shows the popularity of the various programming languages:
Here is a GitHub chart that shows the number of pull requests represented by each programming language on the platform:
Python’s rising popularity
It’s is a high-level, general-purpose language that is used in completing an extensive range of tasks, including building web applications, analyzing data, and creating machine learning algorithms.
Here are three main reasons contributing to Python’s incredible increased usage:
- Python is receiving a lot of accolades because of its uncomplicated and easy to use syntax. The language emphasizes on code readability and simplicity, something which has made it a preferred choice for many first-time developers.
- Python’s reliability and efficiency have won the love of many artificial intelligence experts. Therefore, with the current rise in the use of machine learning and data science applications, Python has become the preferred choice for professionals in the fields. What’s more, there are several Python libraries, which simplify completing various scientific tasks.
For the first time in history, Python was ranked the third most popular programming language in the TIOBE Programming Community Index for September 2018.
The index is calculated on a monthly basis and the ratings are based on the search engine results of the programming languages.
Here is a TIOBE index chart for September 2018:
Because of Python’s increased use in completing various technology tasks, Stack Overflow brands it the “fastest growing major programming language.”
Here is a Stack Overflow chart showing how Python has grown as compared to other programming languages from 2012 to 2018 in high-income countries:
This points to remarkable growth because in 2012, interest in Python on the platform was very low; in fact, the language has grown by 2.5 times from that time.
Furthermore, Stack Overflow built a model to forecast the future traffic for the major programming languages in the next two years.
Here is the result of the prediction:
Additionally, Stack Overflow compared year-over year-growth rate in traffic of the major programming languages between 2016 and 2017.
Here is the result of the analysis:
As shown on the screenshot above on the latest programming language trends, Python realized a high year-over year-growth rate of 27%, which indicates its fast growth.
Nonetheless, time will tell whether Python deserves that title.
Importantly, these changing trends in software development point to the most appropriate programming languages to learn as you prepare for the future.
So, which language do you think will dominate web development future?
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