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Most Popular Programming Language Of 2016

What is the most popular programming language in the world? If you search in Google you will find so many articles on this topic.

Actually, it is very difficult to find the exact number of users of a programming language, and most of the data collected is very vague. In this article, I will try to shed some light on the topic and list the world’s most popular computer programming languages based on data collected from various online resources.

TIOBE Index is one of the measurements. If you look at the  TIOBE Index published for 2016 and compare it with 2015, you will see the rankings for 2016 and also previous rankings in 2015.

Language

2016

2015

Java

1

1

C

2

2

C++

3

3

C#

4

5

Python

5

8

PHP

6

7

JavaScript

7

6

Perl

8

12

Ruby

9

18

Visual Basic.NET

10

10

Delphi

11

11

Assembly Language

12

29

Objective-C

13

4

Visual Basic

14

9

Swift

15

24

MATLAB

16

14

PL/SQL

17

17

R

18

19

Groovy

19

43

D

20

38

From the above table, you can clearly see that C# has jumped to #4 from #5. Clearly, Objective-C has dropped to #4 from #13 and you can easily blame Swift for that, which has jumped to #15 from #24. Both Objective-C and Swift are used to build Apple iOS apps.

You may have also noticed that Visual Basic is clearly on the way out now while Visual Basic.NET still holds its spot. However, I don’t see Visual Basic .NET staying there for long. C# is clearly the primary language to build .NET applications.

Assembly language has also shown a major jump and you could blame hardware, IoT, and other device innovations for that. There is also a move in Groovy and D languages that have made the top 20 list.

Besides the above ranking, here are three other rankings I foun that looked promising.

GitHut

RedMonk

Jobs Tractor

JavaScript

JavaScript

Java

Java

Java

Objective-C

Python

PHP

PHP

CSS

Python

SQL

PHP

C#

Java(Android)

Ruby

C++

C#

C++

Ruby

JavaScript

Ct

CSS

Python

Shell

C

Ruby

C#

Objective-C

C++

Now, from the above list, I can clearly say that JavaScript is not “the most popular” programming language. It may be the most talked-about language on these websites and forums.

Anyway, no matter how you slice a pie, you will find Java, C, and C++ the top 3 programming languages. The next three in the list are C#, Python, and PHP.

Conclusion

I’ve been a programmer for 18 years. I do understand all of the above data is collected from various public online resources and makes some sense, but one thing we need to keep in mind is that developers who are involved in startups and hobby work are more likely to talk about a language publicly than the developers who work for a corporation. More startups and hobbyist developers do use open source (well, now C# and .NET is open source as well) and hence like to talk about them socially. So that may have been a factor in capturing some of the popularity of a language.

All that aside, I can still say that C, C++, Java, C#, and Python/PHP are the most popular programming languages.

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