Happy 30th birthday Python: Why the language is a favourite to so many

February 20 2021 marks 30 years since the Python programming language was launched by its creator, Guido von Rossum. It is known as an incredibly versatile language, used in developing some of the most popular web applications, from Instagram to Dropbox. At the same time, it is a gateway language for many who are first being introduced to the world of software development. It is frequently taught to schoolchildren and people worldwide who lack any prior programming...

‘Most loved’ programming language Rust now has its own foundation

Rust, the world’s “most loved” programming language, now has its own independent foundation.

The language was originally designed by Graydon Hoare at Mozilla Research and has ranked “most loved” in Stack Overflow’s annual developer survey for the past five years.

In a blog post, the Rust Foundation wrote:

“Mozilla, the original home of the Rust project, has transferred all trademark and infrastructure assets, including the crates.io package...

Half of developers polled admit their PHP iteration is out of date – survey

Almost half of developers polled by Perforce admit their organisation is using end of life versions of PHP - but many are looking to upgrade this year.

The findings appear in the company's 2021 PHP Landscape Report, which garnered 670 responses from developers (63%), development managers and directors (13%) and IT managers and directors (8%) predominantly.

46% of respondents reported using end of life PHP versions, though almost three quarters (73%) said they were...

O’Reilly: Python leads languages, React for web development, and ML/AI interest grows

Education giant O’Reilly has released data about its online platform which highlights some interesting software development trends.

The headline finding is that Python continues to be the programming language with the most interest.

Given the growth in topics relating to Python such as AI – and the language often considered the best to pick up for new developers – it’ll perhaps come of little surprise to hear of its popularity.

O’Reilly highlights...

Brain activity while coding differs from processing language or doing maths

Neuroscientists from MIT have discovered that brain activity while coding differs from processing language or doing mathematics.

Coding is often likened to learning a new foreign language—and there are certainly many similarities. To the brain itself, however, it seems to be quite different.

The researchers took fMRI brain scans of young adults taking part in a small coding challenge using both Python and visual programming language ScratchJr to see what parts of their...

Python: Is it right for my business?

There is a plethora of choice when it comes to different programming languages. Python is just one of many widely used, but boasts the likes of Google, Youtube, Instagram and Spotify as some of the household names adopting it. 

So, why should a business choose Python over the likes of Java for its programming language and what role does Python play? These decisions are more complex than a simple, ‘pros and cons’ list in software development. Each has different use cases, and...

State of the Octoverse 2020: Devs increase productivity despite pandemic

GitHub’s latest State of the Octoverse has been released, offering developer insights for a year which has been unlike any other.

Fortunately, software development is one industry which could adapt quickly to the unique circumstances brought about by the pandemic. Many developers already work remotely so, for some, minimal-to-no changes were required to their working habits during lockdowns.

56 million developers used GitHub in 2020—making over 1.9 billion...

Microsoft debuts .NET 5.0 after year and a half in preview

Microsoft has debuted .NET 5.0 a year and a half after it was first unveiled, alongside some other important developer products.

.NET 5 was first unveiled back in May 2019 and promised to be the first with a single runtime and framework which can be used to target Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, tvOS, watchOS, WebAssembly, and more.

Multiple previews have come and gone since .NET 5’s unveiling, but Microsoft took the opportunity to use this week’s .NET Conf 2020...

TIOBE Index: Python slithers ahead of Java for the first time

The latest edition of the TIOBE Index has been released and highlights Python’s continued growth in popularity.

Here are the top 10 most popular languages according to TIOBE’s November 2020 index:

The most notable change in the top 10 is that exchange of places between Java and Python.

Python was created by Guido van Rossum and first released in 1991. The language has gained popularity in recent years due to its reputation of being relatively simple to...

Hey, Swift developers! You can now build Windows apps

Swift developers can now build apps for Windows using their language of choice.

In a blog post, Swift Core team member Saleem Abdulrasool announced the release of Swift toolchain images for Windows.

The toolchains contain various components required for building and running Swift code on Microsoft’s operating system.

Apparently, it’s taken over a year’s worth of work to port Swift to Windows.

“Porting Swift to Windows is not about simply...