[BangPypers] Python grows in 2007

Indrajith K indrajith.k at gmail.com
Thu Jan 3 15:14:39 CET 2008

Its nice to see Python moving up the ladder. But it has to be seen how
to interpret this statistics. The word "popular" if I could make out
is rated by its presence in the internet. The web site clearly
mentions "Observe that the TIOBE index is not about the best
programming language or the language in which most lines of code have
been written." So, the "popularity" is in fact the activity on that
language. It might be wrong to relate it with the usage and industry
requirement. It is very well understandable, that a new programming
language can generate lot of activity. An established programming
language like C or C++ may not have that much activity. Esp, when
internet applications are growing in number, and could well expect the
"web" related languages will have the advantage during this time
period. Out of the first ten, 7 are languages more suited for web

So, in case Python rating drops in the future, I don't mind. Its the
best programming language I have come across.

On Jan 3, 2008 6:56 PM, Anand Balachandran Pillai <abpillai at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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...
> --Anand
> 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
> >
> --
> -Anand
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