According to the TIOBE Programming Community Index, as of February 2011, Python has just overtaken PHP as the 4th most popular programming language. That’s a big jump from 7th this time last year. It’s now just spitting distance behind C++, but has some way to go to catch up to C and Java. Yay for Python, my favourite language!
Here’s the obligatory graph:
Interestingly, C# on position #6 is catching up to PHP slowly, and might pass it soon.
Java, C and C++, though still very popular, seem to be declining steadily. Perl and Visual Basic seem doomed to obscurity. Good riddance. Ugh.
And check out how Object-C came out of nowhere, a result of the blossoming of the iPhone market.