October 5, 2020 | programming | No Comments
Java’s popularity continued to decline this month, almost clearing the path for Python to snatch its spot as the world’s second most popular programming language, according to Tiobe’s latest programming language rankings.
If Python does overtake Java, it would mark the first time since Tiobe began its programming language popularity index in 2001 that Java would be outside the top two spots.
As Tiobe CEO Paul Jansen notes, C and Java have held the top two spots consistently for two decades. But today 25-year-old Java is approaching its “all time low” in popularity, falling 4.32 percentage points compared with October 2019.
In September, Jansen said Java “is in real trouble” because of its year-on-year decline of 3.81 percentage points. Python, which was created in 1991, has seen its popularity ascend thanks to its use by data scientists and the rise of machine learning.
Tiobe bases its popularity index on the