Python is the “de facto platform for new technologies,” according to research by the IEEE in its Spectrum publication.
What’s going on?
In the IEEE’s case, the methodology is shown here. It uses “11 metrics from 8 sources,” we are told, these sources being Google Search, Google Trends, Twitter, GitHub, StackOverflow, Reddit, Hacker News, CareerBuilder, the IEEE job site, and an IEEE digital library. This particular methodology does look weighted towards “most talked about” rather than most used, which is not the same thing, as well as likely over-representing North American and European developers. Still, a nice feature of the IEEE survey is that users can apply their own weighting using simple controls. We found that Python still came top in most configurations.
Drilling down still yields some intriguing results. Setting the controls to look only at GitHub repositories, for example, we got results that made little sense. Dart leaps into second place – lots of Flutter projects? – while Julia, a statistical language, is third.
The PYPL (Popularity of Programming Language) index, which is based on “how often language tutorials are searched on Google”, places Python in the top spot by some distance – 29.93 per cent, ahead of Java at 17.78 per cent.