Python has been declared the most popular programming language of 2018 based on the percentage change in the TIOBE index ranking. The open source programming language ranked third in the TIOBE ranking in the January 2019 report, behind Java and C.
The language gained 3.62% year-on-year in the January 2019 TIOBE index. The popularity of Python has increased significantly in recent years. The language created by a Dutch programmer in 1989 was listed in TIOBE’s three main languages in September 2018.
The main programming languages, especially C, C ++ and Java, have consistently maintained their leading position in the TIOBE index. The popularity of Python is not a surprise. Language is widely adopted in universities, it is essential for AI and machine learning. Most companies have started using it to write scripts or write system tests. The easy-to-understand syntax in Python, the availability of online resources and third-party libraries are factors that contribute to the popularity of Python.
Developers with projects built in Python 2 should move their projects to Python 3. Support for Python 2 will end in January 2020. Python will continue to maintain its strong position in the TIOBE index for years to come.
Other major changes in the TIOBE Index
TIOBE index is among the popular metrics to gauge which programming language to use. The popularity rankings help developers to assess which language is worth investing their time in. Some languages have had a very good year on the TIOBE index. MATLAB has jumped from 18th place to 11th place. kotlin, the official programming language for Android has secured 31st place in the index.