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 March 2018.

Other popular languages include Python, C#, and JavaScript, according to the Tiobe and PYPL rankings.

A returning entry into the Tiobe top 10 rankings is Ruby, a language which originally became popular among web application developers.

Tiobe said it has also 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 JavaScript.

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

March 2018
Tiobe Ranking Change YoY PYPL Ranking Change YoY
Java -1.44% Java -0.8%
C +5.02% Python +5.4%
C++ +1.27% JavaScript +0.3%
Python +1.95% PHP -1.7%
C# +0.66% C# -0.7%
Visual Basic .NET +0.91% C -1.3%
PHP +1.00% R +0.4%
JavaScript +1.25% Objective-C -1.1%
Ruby +0.49% Swift -0.6%
SQL +2.69% Matlab -0.4%

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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