Most popular programming language: Python winning the TIOBE award

Written by Kainat Abdul Wahab

Kainat Abdul Wahab is the Head of PMO Department at KUWAITNET. She lives by the ideology of "Simple Living, High Thinking."

This is the second time in a row, Python has been crowned as the TIOBE Programming language of the year. With its ability to transform software systems through sophisticated coding, python has come a long way to being the best programming language in the world. Cementing its place amongst the top three most popular programming languages - Python has gained 3.62% points from last year. It surpassed languages such as Basic .NET and Java, as the second and third most used languages.

TIOBE is a software quality assurance company based in the Netherlands, defines the index of the most favorable programming languages in the world. It is a measurement of the go-to programming language for various processes like statistical analysis, scripting, machine learning, scientific computing and web programming. It is also the most popular language among web developers and hackers and can easily be learned due to easy to grasp syntax. You can also learn the language through the various online courses and through a third party that can repurpose the language for a software. In this age of artificial intelligence, a computer can carry out a work just like a human. The best language for artificial intelligence or machine learning is Python. It has a large number of scientific and mathematical libraries, making it simple to complete difficult computations.

TIOBE identifies which languages are worth spending time on and determines the user's ability to use those languages. It has been the top choice for data analysis and machine learning, leaving behind Java and C. And this statistics is not to determine the best language but a language whose skills are up-to-date and can efficiently help in making strategic decisions as to what language to use. TIOBE defines the most effective language that you can use for the software system which sets itself perfectly in the applied software.

Python is frequently contrasted with other programming languages, such as Java, C#, PHP, and Ruby on Rails, despite its well-deserved reputation as a developer- and programmer-friendly language. However, the comparison holds up when performance, functionality, and all other relevant characteristics of the two under consideration are taken into account.

What edge does it have against the other languages?

With being ranked as one of the most worthwhile programming languages, Python has risen in ranks to become teacher's favorite. Python came into existence in 1991, and since then it has come a long way by being used extensively for the technological industries.

TIOBE also indicated how Python had been rising in popularity since 2001 and its benefits which outweigh the other programming languages.

It has been used for multiple purposes such as web development, data science, scripting, database programming and quick prototyping. It is perfect for all kinds of programming. Used in arenas by netflix, spotify, Pixar and google - the languages has various benefits in the world of programming and those are -

  1. Simplicity - Simple to understand and learn because of its simple syntax, it is a beginner’s favorite. With a code that is easy to understand, shareable and maintainable.

  2. Multitude Toolbox - Python programs are text files containing instructions for the interpreter and are written in a text editor or integrated development environment (IDE). Text editors don't normally include IDE features, but they can be customized with their own tools, such as syntax checkers, debuggers, and code browsers.

  3. Dynamic scripting - Python is a scripting language that allows you to plug together components rather than write entire applications from scratch. Interactions between components and scripts are well-defined, with components designed to be reusable.

  4. Flexible - Python still maintains flexibility even though it prioritizes readability and simplicity of code over versatility. A wide range of projects can be implemented using Python. It gives programmers the option of procedural or object-oriented programming.

  5. Open and free source - Python is an OSI approved open-source license making it free to distribute and use. Anyone can download the code, modify it and then distribute that version of Python.

There are other factors that make it a top choice. If you look at the index then you would notice that Python ranks at top with 0.7% to the next language. So what makes the language standout? How has the growing utility affected the coding scenario for python?

A survey done by the Coding Game Developers 2020 had shed some light onto the growing use of Python. About 66% of programmers enjoy working with the language and out of the many 36% of developers have marked Python as their most favored programming language.

The Python community is characterized by a strong user base that is constantly growing. Pythonists, the tens of thousands of people who contribute to Python's robust toolkit. Nearly 2,00,000 user-uploaded bespoke software packages have already been recorded in an online repository. All it suggests is that the hugely encouraging community is both the cause of and a result of the language's popularity.


Now in 2022, Python has evolved into highly popular and suitable programming languages for various purposes, from the front-end to tht back end, mobile application development, website creation and more. The popularity has seen a dramatic increase in recent years and it is not going to stop so soon. With the benefits that Python provides its usefulness is only going to continue increasing even though it is a mainstream programming language. And with its ample reach in the machine learning platforms.

The future of Python is even brighter, it is easy to write both small and large programs. With a versatile nature, some of the world's largest organizations use Python - such as REddit, Instagram, Google and Quora. Any current computer OS may run its programmes. Python scripts are interpreted because of the high-level nature of the language, therefore they may be written for further interpretation on Linux, Windows, Mac OS, and UNIX without the need for modifications. Portable GUI implementation is also possible with Python apps.