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GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges

By ZDNet

November 8, 2019

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Microsoft-owned GitHub's annual Octoverse report said its software developer community now exceeds 40 million developers, with data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning repositories significantly aiding growth.

GitHub reported 10 million new users, 44 million repositories, and 87 million pull requests in the last year.

GitHub found Python overtook Java as the second-most-popular programming language on the platform based on repositories; JavaScript retained the number-one spot in the ranking.

Meanwhile, repositories with data-science-focused subjects like deep learning, natural-language processing, and machine learning are becoming more popular.

Star counts partly reflect this in the growing popularity of natural-language processing packages like scipy, skikit-learn, and TensorFlow, while non-code contributions such as academic papers have increased as well.

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