[BangPypers] Python grows in 2007

Anand Balachandran Pillai abpillai at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 14:26:01 CET 2008

A few more observations...

o The language "D" is slowly on its way up.
o Lua has the fastest growth from posn 46 to posn 20!
o Contrary to popular jokes, COBOL is still alive and in fact growing :D

This validates my theory that the very high level language trio of
Python, Ruby,PHP
and its associates Lua etc are the future languages to look out for.

And "D" looks set to be the C++++ for the future. (the ++ is no typo!)

I invite you to draw your own observations. Btw, the TIOBE index is
the popular programming language index on the web. I am not
sure what methods they use to calculate these numbers or how scientific
they are...


On Jan 3, 2008 6:47 PM, Anand Balachandran Pillai <abpillai at gmail.com> wrote:
> The TIOBE programming languages community index {http://www.tiobe.com/tpci.htm}
> shows that Python has gone a step higher in Dec 07 when compared to Dec 06.
> Python was at position 7 in 06 and now it is at position 6. Ruby has jumped
> two notches from position 11 to position 9.
> Other interesting trends is that Java has managed to keep the top-spot
> while C++ is on a downward trend. It is also interesting to see the drop
> in Perl - I guess a lot of Perl programmers are moving to Ruby or Python :)
> The chart below shows the long term trends. A quick look provides
> some interesting observations.
>  o C++ has been on a downward slope since 2005
>  o The Java graph has an overall negative trend since 2001, but
>     has numerous large peaks and troughs with the most recent
>     being an upward growth. In general the growth has been flat
>    since mid 2005
>  o Perl is clearly on an downward trend
>  o PHP is overall on an upward trend
>  o Python had a dramatic peak in early-mid 2004 which spiked
>    its popularity (I wonder what caused it!) which it has managed
>    to improve further.
>  o Ruby has had a major surge in late 2006-2007 and is now
>    almost equaling Python though the growth rate of Python is
>    slightly more than that of Ruby
> o Visual  Basic is on an overall flat trend since 2002 managing to
>   keep its space and actually growing in 2007
> Good news for Python programmers ... The full report will be
> released some time soon.
> --
> -Anand


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