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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