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Top Programming Languages Face Shrinking Popularity, Tiobe Says

  • February 13, 2017
  • By Developer.com Staff

In this month's update to the Tiobe index of programming language popularity, Java, C and C++ are still the three most popular languages, but their ratings are down from last year. Java has decreased 4.47 percentage points, C lost 7.15 percent and C++ fell 1.48 percent. "I expect the big drop for C and Java to continue because there's hardly any dominance anymore in the programming field," Paul Jansen, managing director at Tiobe, said. "So the small languages are coming closer and closer to the top." However, Janssen expects C++ to remain fairly popular because many developers are transitioning from C to C++.

The rest of the top ten included C# (4.902 percent), Python (4.043 percent), PHP (3.072 percent), JavaScript (2.872 percent), Visual Basic.Net (2.824 percent), Delphi/Object Pascal (2.479 percent) and Perl (2.171 percent).

Elsewhere on the list, Go, Swift and Scratch had big gains.

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