Python has been declared the most popular programming language of 2018 based on the percentage change in the rankings in the TIOBE index. The open source programming language has secured third position in TIOBE’s search engine based ranking index in the January 2019 report, behind Java and C.
Python is the programming language of the year for 2018
The language has gained 3.62% points year over the year in TIOBE January 2019 Index. Python’s popularity has significantly increased in the last few years. The language created by a Dutch programmer in 1989 entered TIOBE’s top three list in September 2018.
Developers with projects built in Python 2 need to move their projects to Python 3. The support for Python 2 will end in January 2020. Python will continue to hold its strong position in TIOBE index in coming years.
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.