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 April 2018.

Other popular languages include Python, C#, and Visual Basic, according to the rankings.

Both Objective-C and Perl have fallen substantially in the Tiobe rankings year-on-year, however, with the former being replaced by Swift and the latter lacking a clear future.

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

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

April 2018
Tiobe Ranking Change YoY PYPL Ranking Change YoY
Java +0.21% Java -0.8%
C +6.62% Python +5.2%
C++ +2.66% JavaScript +0.2%
Python +2.35% PHP -1.8%
C# +1.69% C# -0.7%
Visual Basic .NET +1.70% C -1.1%
PHP +0.84% R +0.4%
JavaScript +0.64% Objective-C -1.0%
SQL +2.65% Swift -0.6%
Ruby -0.29% 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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