[Python-Dev] Python most popular progamming language on github?

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Wed Jul 19 23:42:11 EDT 2017

On 20 July 2017 at 06:02, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> https://blog.sourced.tech/post/language_migrations/
> Waren Long analyzed several years of Github data for 22 top languages
> (excluding browser Javascript) with respect to language use and change of
> use, defined a 'centrality measure' based on the stationary distribution of
> a markov chain model of language switching.
> Time trend: Python rose from about 2002 to 2007, stayed flat until 2013,
> then has risen since.
> Conclusion:  The Python sky is not falling;  Python3 did not kill Python.
> (This is not a call for complacency.)

Folks may also be interested in this year's IEEE Spectrum language
popularity analysis, which slots Python in at number 1 for the first
time: http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/the-2017-top-programming-languages

Folks involved in the Python community (whether as educators,
advocates, event organisers, developers, or otherwise) should take a
lot of pride in that outcome, since making the reference interpreter
available for use is only step one in the process of enabling real
world adoption :)


P.S. One of the nice things about the IEEE analysis is that they list
all of their data sources and the relative weight they ascribe to each
one in determining their overall summary rankings, and then provide
the ability to customise the weightings to come up with your own

Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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