Python Currently Second Popular Programming Language Replacing Java

Open-source language Python is already one of the most popular programming languages among developers. It ranks in third place behind mainstays Java and C, according to programming language index TIOBE.

But Python has emerged as the second most popular programming language surpassing Java, according to the TIOBE Index updated for November 2020 and has clocked up a rating of 8.5 percent in the Tiobe index, its highest ever score, up 2.77 percentage points compared with this time last year.

However, C continues to hold the top-most position as the most popular programming language with it also achieving a slight increase in its popularity compared to October 2020.

TIOBE (The Importance of Being Earnest) is one of the most popular rating indexes for programming languages, which calculates ratings based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third-party vendors.

The index is updated once a month. Popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo! , Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are also used to calculate the ratings.

As per the report, within three to four years’ time, Python will “probably replace C and Java” to become the most popular programming language in the world. Java, the most popular language, has an index rating of 15 percent, while C has a rating of 13.3 percent.

“The main reason for this is that software engineering is booming. It attracts lots of newcomers to the field. Java’s way of programming is too verbose for beginners. To fully understand and run a simple program such as ‘hello world’ in Java you need to have knowledge of classes, static methods and packages,” Mentioned in the report.

Based on research data as of November 2020, here is the list of the top programming languages in 2020, according to the TIOBE Index.

  • C
  • Python
  • Java
  • C++
  • C#
  • Visual Basic
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • R
  • SQL

The TIOBE Index can be used to check whether your programming skills are still up to date or to make a strategic decision about what programming language should be adopted when starting to build a new software system.

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