Java is the most popular programming language in the world

Java is still the most popular programming language in the world, according to the Tiobe Index and the PYPL Index.

While Java lost market share in both rankings over the past year, it managed to keep its top spot at the start of 2017.

Part of its popularity can be attributed to its use in Android applications – with the Google OS continuing to dominate the mobile market.

Java lost 4.19% and 0.9% in the Tiobe and PYPL Indexes respectively, but still maintains a large lead over its competitors – which include C, Python, and C#.

The table below shows the most popular programming languages in the world, based on the January 2017 Tiobe and PYPL indexes.

Top Programming Languages –¬†January 2017
Tiobe Ranking Change PYPL Ranking Change
Java -4.19% Java -0.9%
C -6.69% Python +2.7%
C++ -0.61% PHP -1.0%
C# -0.67% C# -0.1%
Python -0.39% JavaScript +0.5%
Visual Basic .Net +0.38% C -0.3%
JavaScript +0.29% C++ -0.6%
Perl +0.91% Objective-C -0.6%
Assembly Language +0.61% R +0.5%
PHP -0.14% Swift +0.1%

Calculating the rankings

PYPL – The more a language tutorial is searched, the more popular the language is assumed to be. The raw data comes from Google Trends.

Tiobe – The ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers worldwide, courses, and third-party vendors. Popular search engines are also used to calculate the ratings.

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