Survey Shows Python Use Up 45% Since Google App Engine Debuted

Tuesday Dec 8th 2009 by Developer.com Staff
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Python use has jumped 45% since Spring 2008, according to Evans Data Corp. Google announced its App Engine platform that same Spring (2008), which at the time supported only Python. Coincidence?

Python use has jumped 45% since Spring 2008, according to the most recent North American Development Survey from Evans Data Corp. Only 13% of developers used Python before Google announced its App Engine platform that same Spring (2008), which at the time supported only Python. Since then, that number increased to 20.3% as of November 11, 2009.

Use of other scripting languages remained relatively constant, with only minor gains or losses in the popularity of languages such as Ruby, PHP, Perl, and Actionscript.

"This [Python] adoption change illustrates the power of Google and the promise of Cloud Computing on which Google's App Engine depends," said Janel Garvin, of Evans Data.

The North American Development Survey, conducted in early October, consisted of more than 500 in-depth interviews. Other highlights include:

  • Only 8.7% of North American developers are currently using a cloud service as a development environment, but another 18% plan to within the coming year.
  • Agile is the most commonly used programming model, with slightly less than 40% more North American developers using it than the waterfall method.
  • Lack of corporate priority is the biggest inhibitor in the adoption and implementation of SOA.
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