Phyton Crawls Its Way Up

/ September 18, 2017/ Backend

The computer language Phyton is becoming popular on Stack Overflow. This is based on the growing number of visits to website posts tagged “Python”. Stack Overflow is the largest online community of programmers.


Guido van Rossum launched Phyton in 1991 as a as a successor to the ABC language. He named it as such because he was a fan of Monty Phyton’s Flying Circus.

It is a widely used high-level programming language for general purpose programming. Its design philosophy can be summarized as:

  • Beautiful is better than ugly
  • Explicit is better than implicit
  • Simple is better than complex
  • Complex is better than complicated
  • Readability counts

Because of this concept, programmers started to like it over other complex programming languages. For one, it uses white space indentation to delimit code blocks rather than using curly brackets or keywords. The syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code. Also, Phyton as has a large and comprehensive standard library.


Phyton is for data science, machine learning, and academic research. Stack Overflow found out that search and web visits about pandas package, a Phyton-related tag has increased over the past few years.

Programmers who are working in the electronics, manufacturing, software, government, and universities are also looking into Phyton-related posts. The web visits show that Phyton’s increase in popularity is spread evenly across industries.

Interest in some programming languages tends to be seasonal. During the school year, web visits tend to rise as students search on Stack Overflow often rather than during school breaks or summer.

Another factor why Phyton is gaining popularity is the schism between Phyton 2 and 3 is more or less resolved. Since 2008, programmers in the Phyton community tried to reconcile incompatibilities between the two versions.

Overall, it seems that Phyton is widely used because it’s easier to pick up than Java, C, C++, and C#.

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