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Top Programming Languages 2020

By IEEE Spectrum

July 24, 2020

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Python's dominance as the most popular programming language is holding steady in 2020, according to IEEE Spectrum's latest rankings of top languages.

These rankings are based on a combination of metrics from online sources considered solid proxies for the popularity of 55 programming languages.

Java and C maintained their respective second- and third-place listings in the new ranking, while Arduino climbed from 11th place in the last ranking to seventh place.

One could credit Python's high ranking to metrics inflated by its growing use as a language for instruction, yet Python often is used professionally and in high-profile domains like machine learning, thanks to its massive collection of high-quality, specialized archives.

The Covid-19 pandemic appears to have had an impact, with the Twitter metric listing Cobol in seventh place, likely because demand for the language was high in April amid calls to upgrade unemployment benefit systems crashing as a result of lockdowns.

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