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Python is top programming language

by on24 July 2017

At least according to the IEEE

 IEEE Spectrum's annual report on the top programming languages has decided that Python is the top programming language.

The IEEE asked data journalist Nick Diakopoulos to mine and combine 12 metrics from ten carefully chosen online sources to rank 48 languages. The data was weighted to emphasise emerging languages, what employers were looking for, and what's hot in open source.

"Python has continued its upward trajectory from last year and jumped two places to the No. 1 slot, though the top four -- Python, C, Java, and C++ -- all remain very close in popularity", the report said.

Diakopoulos's analysis of what the underlying metrics have to say about the languages currently in demand by recruiting companies, C comes out ahead of Python by a good margin. Ruby has fallen all the way down to 12th position and Apple's Swift and Google's Go have elbowed their way into the top ten.

"Outside the Top Ten, Apple's Objective-C mirrors the ascent of Swift, dropping down to 26th place. However, for the second year in a row, no new languages have entered the rankings. We seem to have entered a period of consolidation in coding as programmers digest the tools created to cater to the explosion of cloud, mobile, and big data applications", the report said.

The report added that Fortran's is glued in the middle of the rankings (sitting in 28th place), along with Lisp in 35th place and Cobol hanging in at 40th.

Last modified on 24 July 2017
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