Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

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Measuring the Popularity of Programming Languages

Posted on | May 2, 2011 | No Comments

I was reviewing the latest statistics about the most popular programming languages on the TIOBE Index this morning. While disagreements exist about the methodology they utilize, TIOBE’s results seem to be consistent with others in that Java and C are by far the most widely used with C++, C#, and PHP also popular. Python is also an important language while Visual Basic‘s stock seems to be falling.

Java was developed by Sun Microsystems in the mid-1990s and has seen renewed viability due to it being the preferred language of the Android operating system central to Google’s expansion plans. C is a relatively old language that was developed by AT&T Bell Labs in the 1980s but has remained viable due mainly to numerous Unix legacy projects.

Langpop.com confirms the popularity of Java and C although it also includes Javascript in its top 5 of aggregated “normalized compression” statistics. This includes data from Craigslist, Freshmeat, Powell Books (previously from Amazon.com), Del.icio.us and Ohloh.

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Anthony J. Pennings, PhD has been on the NYU faculty since 2001 teaching digital media, information systems management, and global communications. © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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