Python 2 vs. Python 3 Stack Exchange Posts – March, 2016

Last month, I wrote about how, based on the number of questions posted on StackOverflow, Python 3 usage seems to finally be catching up to Python 2 usage. I plan to track that every month to see when the number of Python-3-tagged posts finally surpasses the number of Python-2-tagged posts. Here’s the latest chart:


Python Stack Exchange Posts: PY2 v. PY3

  • In March, 2016, there were 3% more Python-2-tagged posts than Python-3-tagged posts.
  • A month earlier, in February, 2016, there were 9% more¬†Python-2-tagged posts than Python-3-tagged posts; however, in November and December of 2015, there were only 4% more, so the drop isn’t as precipitous as it would appear by just looking at last month.
  • A year earlier, in March, 2015, there were 27%¬†more Python-2-tagged posts than Python-3-tagged posts.

What Does Google Think?

Google still seems to think that people are more interested in Python 2 as it still usually recommends the Python 2.7 documentation over the Python 3.5 documentation when you do a search for something like Python Unicode.

We will take another look in early May.


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