Python surpasses Perl in popularity?

david.lyon at preisshare.net david.lyon at preisshare.net
Tue Nov 25 02:25:51 CET 2008


Interesting topic !

I would venture so far to say that perl is todays 'C'..

Perl is todays language of technical complexity. It is obscure,  
complex, and is oriented towards the supremely intelligent (or equally  
- those seeking to get 'lost' in programming).

Python, whilst very powerful, doesn't have the sheer scale of  
contributors that Perl has. ie cpan. Many libraries, aren't as  
sophisticated - ie spreadsheet reading and writing.

Python is very clever.. but it goes in a 'purest' direction.

It is being used in stockbrocking and many other fields. It has a good  
following. It is being taught in schools here.. meaning it is  
extremely healthy.

More popular doesn't always mean better...

Quoting Xah Lee <xahlee at gmail.com>:

> herald: Python surpasses Perl in popularity!
>
> According to
> “TIOBE Programming Community Index for November 2008” at
> http://www.tiobe.com/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html
>
> it seems that Python has surpassed Perl in popularity this month!
>
> Good for Python!
>
> From my own personal experience in the programing industry, i find it
> hard to believe that Python actually surpassed Perl in terms of use in
> companies. Python is used in, Google, as everybody knows, but where
> else? Perl is used in, umm, about every company except Google (and
> probably Google too! in fact).
>
> A quick search in monster.com, i find that perl returns 2673 results,
> and Python returns 879 results. Perlers, you still safe!
>
> Looking at other lang popularity site,
> http://www.langpop.com/
> it indicates that it's pretty much a tie.
>
> So, i think it's not all peaches and cream for Python yet.
>
> However, am pretty sure it'll be so in the next couple of years.
>
> (btw, for those perlers who wishes to learn Python, see a comparative
> tutorial:
>
> • Xah's Perl and Python Tutorial
>   http://xahlee.org/perl-python/index.html
> )
>
>   Xah
>http://xahlee.org/
>
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