The most popular programming languages in the world

Java, C, and C++ remain the most popular programming languages in the world, according to the Tiobe Index for November 2017.

While Python has remained popular, other scripting languages such as Perl, PHP, and Ruby have continued to decline in popularity.

This is reportedly due to the difficulty in writing a critical and large software system which meets high-quality demands.

“Even a scripting language such as JavaScript that is inevitable while doing web programming was forced to evolve to a safer language,” stated the report.

The PYPL rankings also showed Java at the top of the list, followed by Python and PHP.

The top 10 programming languages for November, according to the Tiobe Index and PYPL rankings, are detailed below.

November 2017
Tiobe Ranking Change YoY PYPL Ranking Change YoY
Java -5.52% Java -1.9%
C +0.09% Python +5.2%
C++ -0.07% PHP -1.5%
Python +0.91% JavaScript +0.5%
C# -0.65% C# -0.9%
JavaScript +0.27% C++ -0.7%
Visual Basic .NET -0.26% C -0.9%
PHP -1.23% Objective-C -0.6%
Delphi -0.21% R +0.6%
Assembly -0.72% Swift +0.3%

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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