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For the first time, Python is in the top three most popular programming languages. Only C and Java are even more popular. According to TIOBE, an institute that maintains an index of the most popular programming languages, Python is becoming increasingly widespread and is the standard choice at universities that offer programming courses. But Julia’s getting more and more popular.

According to TIOBE, the key to Python’s success lies in three things: it is easy to learn, install and roll out. This also applies to the other programming languages in the top five, which include Java, C, C++ and Visual Basic .NET. This is evident from TIOBE’s September 2018 list.

Julia is becoming more popular

Last month, for the first time, we heard that Julia programming language might become more popular than the top five at the moment. The programming language was developed by MIT and can be used for just about anything. The open source language can be used, for example, for machine learning, but also for general programming and statistics.

The comprehensiveness with which the programming language has been developed may be responsible for its increasing popularity. TIOBE reports that the language is again an interesting one, just like in August, and has now risen to 39th place. That’s very fast, because last month Julia was only just in the top fifty.

MIT and open source

Julia was developed within MIT, but meanwhile there are more than seven hundred open-source developers working on it. As a result, the language is becoming increasingly functional. The question now is how fast the development of Julia will go.

Python was launched 30 years ago. The language first entered the top fifties in the nineties, and it took ten years before Python was in the top ten. Julia is now making a stormy, fast rise that could reach the top ten sooner.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.