TIOBE has released its June 2019 Index, and Python has reached another all-time high.
TIOBE, which stands for “the importance of being earnest,” was founded in 2000. Its Programming Community Index – which is updated on a monthly basis – indicates the popularity of programming languages. Ratings on the index “are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors,” writes TIOBE, which uses search engines to pull the numbers it uses – and cautions that the index is not a direct indicator of the best programming language or the language with the most lines of code.
This month, the TIOBE June 2019 Index showed Python reaching an all-time high of 8.5% – a change of +2.8%, trailing only C (13.3%) and Java (15.0%).
“If Python can keep this pace, it will probably replace C and Java in 3 to 4 years time, thus becoming the most popular programming language of the world,” wrote TIOBE. “The main reason for this is that software engineering is booming. It attracts lots of newcomers to the field. Java’s way of programming is too verbose for beginners. In order to fully understand and run a simple program such as ‘hello world’ in Java you need to have knowledge of classes, static methods and packages. In C this is a bit easier, but then you will be hit in the face with explicit memory management. In Python this is just a one-liner. Enough said.”
TIOBE crowned Python its “Language of the Year” in 2007, 2010 and 2018.