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 February 2018.

Other popular languages include Python, C#, and Visual Basic.

Visual Basic is doing well in relation to other languages, despite Tiobe previously predicting it would disappear in a few years.

Tiobe also said it has added SQL to the index due to the fact that the language is now Turing-complete.

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

The top 10 programming languages for February 2018, according to the Tiobe Index and PYPL rankings, are detailed below.

February 2018
Tiobe Ranking Change YoY PYPL Ranking Change YoY
Java -1.69% Java -1.1%
C +3.41% Python +5.6%
C++ +0.30% PHP -1.8%
Python +1.12% JavaScript +0.4%
C# -0.45% C# -0.6%
Visual Basic .NET +1.25% C -1.4%
PHP +0.35% R +0.5%
JavaScript +0.29% Objective-C -1.2%
Delphi +0.11% Swift -0.4%
Ruby +0.38% Matlab -0.5%

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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