The index itself is not about the best programming language per se or the language in which the most lines of code have been written, but strictly according to the number of searches for languages on search engines. This is the first time in 20 years that Python tops the rankings.
“Python, which started out as a simple scripting language, as an alternative to Perl, has grown to maturity. Its ease of learning, the huge amount of libraries, and widespread use in all kinds of fields have made it the most popular programming language today. Congratulations, Guido van Rossum! ” said Paul Jansen, CEO, Tiobe.
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However, Python at the top of the index wasn’t solely due to an increase in searches. Instead, other languages dropping into searches saw that an 11.27% share for Python was enough to get it to take the lead. C fell 5.79% from October 2020 to an 11.16% share in the index, while Java fell 2.11% to 10.46%.
Tiobe, a company specializing in software quality assessment and monitoring, has tracked the popularity of programming languages over the past two decades. It uses queries on popular search engines and websites like Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, and YouTube to assemble its index. A total of 25 search engines and sites are reviewed in the process.