[STORY-TIME] THE BDFL AND HIS PYTHON PETTING ZOO

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Sun Feb 7 00:59:48 EST 2016


On Sunday 07 February 2016 14:02, INADA Naoki wrote:

> Python 3 is a disaster because of incompatibility with Python 2.

How is that a disaster? What is your criteria for deciding what is, and 
isn't, a disaster?

According to TIOBE, Python's popularity continues to grow:

http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html

and is in the top five, above PHP and Javascript.

Likewise with IEEE Spectrum, that puts Python in the top 5 most popular 
languages for 2015, above C#, PHP and Javascript.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/the-2015-top-ten-programming-
languages

According to CodeEval, Python has *dominated* at #1 for the fourth year in a 
row:

http://blog.codeeval.com/codeevalblog/2015


It continues to capture more of the scientific computing niche:

http://www.johndcook.com/blog/2015/07/16/scientific-computing-in-python/


and Python's broader ecosystem continues to grow, with at least six powerful 
add-ons for speeding up Python:

- cython
- numba 
- theano
- copperhead
- parakeet
- blaze

and more. The future looks brighter than ever for Python. How it is a 
disaster?



-- 
Steve



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