Python is the Language of the Year
Python is the "language of the year" according to the PYPL index : it had the biggest increase in popularity share in 2013. PHP had the biggest decline. Meanwhile, Java continues to have the highest popularity share among the programming languages.
The PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google : the more a specific language tutorial is searched, the more popular the language is assumed to be. It is a leading indicator. The raw data comes from Google Trends, so that anyone can verify it, or make the analysis for his own country or other languages.
If you believe in collective wisdom, the PYPL Popularity of Language index can help you decide which language to study, or which one to use in a new software project. Click on a language in the table below to see the raw data.
Update : the popularity of Ruby has been modified to include searches on