According to Stack Overflow, Python could also be the fastest-growing major programming language. Visits to Python-tagged questions edged past Java and JavaScript, which historically have had the highest share of visits from users.

Other languages that Stack Overflow considers major include C#, PHP, and C++, but not Apple’s Swift, Google’s Go, and Microsoft’s TypeScript.

This pattern may be due to Python’s and R’s use in science and academic research. The popularity of languages is influenced by factors such as education and wealth. Since Java is widely taught in undergraduate classes, its traffic rises in fall and spring and declines in summer.

The Python Software Foundation believes Python is popular because of its versatility, which sees it used in system operations, web development, deployment and scientific modeling.

Other fast-growing but less-popular languages include Microsoft’s TypeScript, Apple’s Swift, Rust, and the Google-developed Go. However Python stands out as an already popular language that is also fast growing.

IEEE Spectrum earlier this year had ranked Python as the top language, ahead of C, Java, C++, C#, R, JavaScript PHP, Google’s Go, and Apple’s Swift.

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