Will Python dethrone Java this year? Programming language rankings say yes
The saying “one man’s misfortune is another man’s fortune” has never been more true. It’s no news that Java has been on a slippery slope but we might know who the replacement is if the programming language rankings are right. Spoiler alert: it’s Python!
Java has been “in a heavy downward trend since the beginning of 2016,” according to the TIOBE Index for May 2017. Before we dive deeper into this discussion, we should address the elephant in the room: If Java is dying, it’s safe to say that death becomes it. We all know that Java has died and resurrected more times than we can count and it’s still here.
Java is not going away anytime soon but perhaps we’re looking at this situation wrong. Let’s analyze the facts:
Furthermore, if we look at the latest TIOBE index, Java has gained some power compared to last month’s numbers. What’s important is that Python is growing and if it manages to dethrone Java, that says something about its growing popularity and not about people’s lack of interest in Java. If you don’t believe me, I invite you to read the first part of JAXenter’s interview series with last year’s top Java influencers.
Java is still very popular and the upcoming improvements in project Valhalla, Graal and Truffle, and many others will ensure that Java will keep up with the state of the art.
– Lukas Eder
PYPL is not the only index which shows that Python is the most popular language; IEEE has a more interactive ranking so you can choose between the languages used for developing websites an applications, the ones used for applications on mobile devices, the languages used for enterprise, desktop, and scientific applications and the ones used to program device controllers.
The same goes for enterprise: Python is No.1, followed by C++ and Java.
Where does its growth come from, you ask? In case you haven’t noticed, Python is everywhere we turn, from DevOps to machine learning and data science. What’s more, David Robinson, Chief Data Scientist at DataCamp told us last year that one of the reasons why developers choose this language is because “Python is a safe choice for developers early in their career to learn thanks to its popularity and its use in growing fields.” The idea checks out; Sumanas Sarma and Rob Hinds said in an interview at last year’s JAX London that “machine learning tends to have a Python flavor because it’s more user-friendly than Java.”