Why is C so popular

Java and C are the most popular programming languages

Hans-Christian Dirscherl

Java continues to grow, C easily loses. But both programming languages ​​are still the most popular. This is what the new Tiobe index says.

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New algorithm for Tiobe index

Tiobe changed the algorithm for its programming language index. In this way, Tiobe wants to be able to record the popularity of the programming languages ​​even more precisely.

The new algorithm should better identify and filter out outliers. However, this does not have any serious effects on the sequence of the programming languages, only a few lesser-known languages ​​were able to make up positions as a result. For example, Scala worked its way up and Go is now back in the top 50.

Java and C rule

Java made further gains in September and is now in first place at almost 20 percent. C, on the other hand, continued to lose slightly and is now in second place with 15.6 percent. So nothing has changed in the rankings of these two most important programming languages.

Places 2 to 10

This is followed by ... nothing at first. C ++, C # and Python then come at a great distance. Then PHP and Javascript. Javascript had recently lost again after this language had grown massively for a long time.

Then come Visualbasic.net and Perl. Apple's language Objective-C has also lost a lot. It is in 10th place. The steady and long-lasting decline could be a little bit related to the rise of Apple's new programming language Swift. This works its way up continuously. However, Swift's gain in no way equals Objective-C's loss.

This is how the Tiobe index is composed

The Tiobe Index evaluates the popularity or demand for programming languages ​​on the Internet by analyzing search queries and entries on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu, among other things. The index is rebuilt monthly. The index says nothing about the quality of a programming language and also nothing about the number of lines of code available worldwide.