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Python popularity reaches an all-time high

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Python has reached its highest rating ever in the monthly Tiobe index of programming language popularity. On its current trajectory, Tiobe noted, Python could leapfrog Java and C in the next three or four years to become the index’s most-popular language.

The June Tiobe rating of 8.53 percent for Python tops its previous high of 8.376 percent achieved last December. Python remains in third place behind Java and C. Python offers an ease of use that Java and C do not and is attracting a lot of newcomers, Tiobe reasoned.

Tiobe’s index bases its ratings on a formula that assesses searches related to programming languages in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Specifically, ratings are based on the number of courses, skilled engineers, and third-party vendors pertinent to a language. Python already is at the top of the rival Pypl (Popularity of Programming Language) index, which bases ratings only on how often language tutorials are searched in Google.

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