Times changing ?
“We make the case that Python has a solid claim to being the fastest-growing major programming language,” said Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson.
The popularity of a language depends on a wide range of factors, including education and wealth of the nations. Java usually experiences a surge in traffic during spring and a decline in summer since the language is taught in colleges and universities across the globe. The pattern of Python getting so many visits from developed nations might also be attributed to its use in academic and scientific research which generally form a more significant part of a developed nation’s economy than a developing nation’s economy. This co-relation is also made to a certain extent to explain the popularity of R.
However, recent trends have shown that Python might be the fastest growing language even in non-wealthy nations now and is growing faster year-on-year than in more developed countries. Among countries that are not considered to be wealthy, Python ranks 8th. The Python Software Foundation believes that Python is popular because of its versatility, which is also why it is used in system operations, scientific modelling, etc.
Microsoft’s TypeScript, Apple’s Swift, Rust, and the Google-developed Go complete the list of other language that are considered to be growing fast, although none of them are as popular as Python. Python also ranked very high in Stack Overflow’s Developer Survey 2017 and it also earned the tag of the language most respondents wished to learn.