Python: What’s Behind Its Fast Growth?

Earlier this month, Stack Overflow crunched some data and concluded that Python is possibly the world’s fastest-growing programming language. In a new blog posting, the Website has begun to explore the reasons behind that expansion.

One core rationale: burgeoning interest in data science. “The fastest-growing use of Python is for data science, machine learning and academic research,” read the posting. “This is particularly visible in the growth of the pandas package, which is the fastest-growing Python-related tag on the [Stack Overflow] site.” The language’s relatively even growth across a broad swath of industries suggests that all kinds of companies are leaping into the data-analytics fray.

“The growth of Python in the last year has been pretty evenly spread out across industries, at least in the U.S and U.K. In each industry the traffic to Python increased about 2-3 absolute percentage points,” the posting continued. “In many of these industries, Java remains the most-visited tag based on 2017 year-to-date traffic, but Python has been making progress.”

In addition to its utility in data science and machine learning, Python has a longtime reputation as a versatile language for web development. When Stack Overflow crunched its data, it found spikes of activity around systems administration/DevOps and data engineering.

Like other big languages, Python also offers an enormous amount of documentation. This is critical, as it allows newcomers to quickly learn what works, and how to overcome all sorts of challenges. With every new app or platform, its “stickiness” increases: few developers want to rewrite a working product in another language. That’s a key reason behind Python’s longtime dominance of various lists of the world’s most popular programming languages, alongside JavaScript and a handful of others.

New to programming and interested in learning more? Check out these resources:

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Web Development in Python and web2py

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September 25, 2017 at 10:47 am, Patricia Andrews said:

How would a retired software engineer (embedded critical safety avionics) go about updating her skillet to include Python and Java?

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