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Python's Popularity: Ahead of Java for 1st Time, Still Trailing C


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Java (left) and Python logos.

Python has become the second-most-popular programming language on the Tiobe index for the first time.

Credit: Edureka

Python has overtaken Java to become the second-most-popular programming language on the Tiobe index for the first time, although it still lags behind C.

Tiobe indicates a 2.27% year-over-year increase in Python's popularity, versus Java's concurrent -4.47% decline.

Tiobe’s Paul Jansen credits Python's recent spike in popularity to its simplicity, which allows its use by non-coders.

However, Stephen O'Grady at industry analyst firm RedMonk suggests Python has ascended by becoming a "language of first resort" and the "glue" for many small projects, while also seeing wide adoption in areas like data science.

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