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Python is the Most Popular Introductory Programming Language at Top US Universities

September 15th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Python has surpassed Java and is currently the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science courses at top-ranked U.S. departments. More specifically, eight of the top 10 CS departments (80%), and 27 of the top 39 (69%), teach Python in introductory CS0 or CS1 courses, according to a recent survey posted by ACM  [1]

Python possesses a mix of qualities that makes it a good candidate for universities. It has a simpler syntax than Java or C++, allowing novices to start writing programs almost immediately. At the same time, it can be scaled up for heavy industrial usage — it is widely used in the financial community for data analysis, for instance.

Note this rating is different from what is in the industry. According to TIOBE Programming community index, C and Java are still the top 2 languages on-demand.   However, Top Universities choice of language for their introductory course do influence job market language popularity in the future.

 

[1] http://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/176450-python-is-now-the-most-popular-introductory-teaching-language-at-top-us-universities/fulltext

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