The best estimate anyone can seem to make of the size of who uses python is its user base itself. There are roughly 1 million Python users today. This estimate is based on various statistics like download rates, web statistics, and developer surveys. Because python is open source, a more exact count is difficult as there are no license registrations.
Moreover, python is automatically included in Linux distributions, Macintosh computers, and a wide range of products and hardware, further clouding the user-base picture.
In general, though, Python enjoys a large user base and a very active developer community. It is generally considered to be in the top 5 most widely used programming languages in the world today.
The Companies Who uses Python
Besides being leveraged by individual users, Python is also being applied in real revenue generating products by real companies. For instance, among the generally known Python user base:
- Google makes extensive use of Python in its web search systems.
- The popular YouTube video sharing service is largely written in Python.
- The Dropbox storage service codes both its server and desktop client software primarily in Python.
- The Raspberry Pi single-board computer promotes Pyhton as its educational language.
- EVE Online, a massive multiplayer online game(MMOG) by CCP Games, uses Python broadly.
- The widespread BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing system began its life as a Python program.
- iRobot uses Python to develop commercial and military robotic devices.
- Netflix have documented the role of Python in their software infrastructures.
- Intel, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Seagate, Qualcomm, and IBM use Python for hardware testing.
- JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Getco, and Citadel apply Python to financial market forecasting.
- NASA, Los Alamos, Fermilab, JPL, and others use Python for scientific programming tasks.
Probably the only common thread among the companies using Python today is that Python is used all over the map, in terms of application domains. Its general-purpose nature makes it applicable to almost all fields, not just one.
In fact, it’s safe to say that virtually every substantial organisation writing software is using Python, whether for short-term tactical tasks, such as testing and administration, or for long-term strategic product development. Python has proven to work well in both modes.