Python usage numbers

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at
Sat Feb 11 23:17:20 CET 2012

On 11/02/2012 21:02, Eric Snow wrote:
> Does anyone have (or know of) accurate totals and percentages on how
> Python is used?  I'm particularly interested in the following
> groupings:
> - new development vs. stable code-bases
> - categories (web, scripts, "big data", computation, etc.)
> - "bare metal" vs. on top of some framework
> - regional usage
> I'm thinking about this partly because of the discussion on
> python-ideas about the perceived challenges of Unicode in Python 3.
> All the rhetoric, anecdotal evidence, and use-cases there have little
> meaning to me, in regards to Python as a whole, without an
> understanding of who is actually affected.
> For instance, if frameworks (like django and numpy) could completely
> hide the arguable challenges of Unicode in Python 3--and most projects
> were built on top of frameworks--then general efforts for making
> Unicode easier in Python 3 should go toward helping framework writers.
> Not only are such usage numbers useful for the Unicode discussion
> (which I wish would get resolved and die so we could move on to more
> interesting stuff :) ).  They help us know where efforts could be
> focused in general to make Python more powerful and easier to use
> where it's already used extensively.  They can show us the areas that
> Python isn't used much, thus exposing a targeted opportunity to change
> that.
> Realistically, it's not entirely feasible to compile such information
> at a comprehensive level, but even generally accurate numbers would be
> a valuable resource.  If the numbers aren't out there, what would some
> good approaches to discovering them?  Thanks!
> -eric

As others have said on other Python newsgroups it ain't a problem.  The 
only time I've ever had a problem was with matplotlib which couldn't 
print a £ sign.  I used a U to enforce unicode job done.  If I had a 
major problem I reckon that a search on c.l.p would give me an answer 
easy peasy.


Mark Lawrence.

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