Python this month has taken the top spot in the Tiobe index of programming language popularity, becoming only the third language to ever lead the index in its 20-plus years of existence.
With the October index, published October 6, Python joins C and Java as languages that have led the Tiobe index, which was first published in June 2001. Tiobe assesses the popularity of programming languages based on language-related searches in search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Wikipedia.
Python’s ascent was not unexpected, with the language gaining in popularity in recent years. Tiobe cited Python benefits such as a good ecosystem, ease of use, plentiful libraries, and fast edit-run cycles. “The longstanding hegemony of C and Java is over,” software quality services provider Tiobe said.