Although Python finished second behind JavaScript is the June edition of the RedMonk Programming Language Rankings, is nonetheless considered the report’s big winner, because it took sole possession of the number two ranking after tying with Java in January. The RedMonk rankings are published every six months. 

This is the first time a language besides Java or JavaScript has occupied the second spot alone since the rankings began in 2012, and it’s the first time Java has ranked lower than first or second. By way of explanation, RedMonk said Python is the glue for thousands of small projects and the basis for countless personal scripts, including a few that retrieve data for RedMonk’s rankings. The company noted that Python also has found niches in areas such as data science.

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