Programming columnist Mike Melanson describes the announcement of this year’s programming language of the year: The TIOBE Index, the somewhat dubious ranking of programming language popularity according to search engine results, has announced its yearly proclamation of « language of the year, » with the award going to Python for the fourth time in its history [more than any other programming language]. The title, the project leads write, « is awarded to the programming language that has gained most popularity in one year, » with Python moving up 2.01% in 2020, which they attribute to « the ease of learning the language and its high productivity, » alongside its numerous use cases. C++ « is a very close runner up » for programming language of the year, TIOBE tells us, « with an increase of 1.99%. Other winners are C (+1.66%), Groovy (+1.23%) and R (+1.10%)… « What else happened in the TIOBE index in 2020? C has become number 1 again, beating Java. Java lost almost 5% in only 1 year. »
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