Python's popularity

Kevin Kelley wyldwolf at
Mon Dec 22 16:22:58 CET 2008

Python has it's place, usually getting things done, rather than being

For example, while Java is still the "Enterprise King", both the leading
application servers (Weblogic and Websphere) adopted Jython as their
internal scripting language last year (or was it 2006?).

It's used heavily for internal game scripting (Eve Online uses it very
heavily (specifically Stackless), as does BF 2142).

I don't know if in fact Python is the 3rd most popular language, but I would
not be surprised by it passing up other high level scripting languages like
Perl and Ruby.


On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 9:11 AM, walterbyrd <walterbyrd at> wrote:

> I have read that python is the world's 3rd most popular language, and
> that python has surpassed perl in popularity, but I am not seeing it.
> >From what I have seen:
> - in unix/linux sysadmin, perl is far more popular than python,
> windows sysadmins typically don't use either.
> - in web-development, php is far more popular than python - it's not
> even close.
> - when I did a search on dice, I found over 20X more jobs advertised
> for ruby on rails developers, than for python dango developers.
> - application development is dominated by java, c/c++, and maybe a
> little visual basic.
> - as I understand it, fortran is still the most popular language for
> numberical programming.
> Of course, these are just observations on my part, nothing scientific
> about it. But, I can't help but wonder how python's popularity was
> determined. I suspect that a lot of people use python as a secondary
> skill. For example, I use ms-word, but I'm not an ms-word
> professional.
> Please note: I am not confusing popularity with quality. I am not
> saying that php is better for web-dev, or anything like that. I am
> just wondering how python is rated as being so popular, when python
> does not seem to dominate anything.
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