Anthony J. Pennings, PhD


Popular Programming Languages

Posted on | October 12, 2011 | No Comments

It has been a while since I reviewed the latest statistics about the most popular programming languages.

The top 10 most popular programming languages according to the TIOBE Index in Sept of 2011 are.

  1. Java
  2. C
  3. C++
  4. C#
  5. PHP
  6. Objective-C
  7. (Visual) Basic
  8. Python
  9. Perl
  10. JavaScript

The list is a bit misleading. According to the Language Popularity Index, C and Java split just over 50% of the compiled and general purpose languages among the two with C having a slight edge. C was developed by AT&T’s Bell Labs in the early 1970s in conjunction with its work on Unix. Java was developed by Oracle’s subsidiary Sun Microsystems in the mid-1990s for interactive TV and mobile devices but found a more immediate home in the emerging World Wide Web. Java is currently a source of contention between Oracle and Google due to its influence on the Android operating system.

For non-compiled scripting languages PHP is the most popular with a 27.476% share followed by Perl with 16.415% and Python with about 13%. JavaScript returns to the top ten although the number 5 scripting language (after Ruby) with a 5.5% share.


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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