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Python was apparently 2007's Language of the Year

I just learned that TIOBE (who maintain a popular but controversial listing of programming language popularity statistics) declared Python the "language of 2007". Most notably, it is now (according to TIOBE) more popular than Perl:

Last month Python surpassed Perl for the first time in history, which is an indication that Python has become the "de facto" glue language at system level. It is especially beloved by system administrators and build managers. Chances are high that Python's star will rise further in 2008, thanks to the upcoming release of Python 3.

Given its release schedule and the difficulty of migrating code, I don't actually think Python 3 is going to make much of a dent until 2009 (at which point perhaps Perl 6 will be on the scene), but I can't complain about the language I have invested lots of energy in over the past few years becoming more widespread.

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
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