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Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008



Tiobe Softwares has released rankings of programming languages and popularity of programing languages for the month of October 2008. The index is updated once a month. The ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors. The popular search engines Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and YouTube are used to calculate the ratings. According to Tiobe few of the major gainer and loosers are

  • PowerShell lost its last month 19th place and dipped to 38th position
  • PHP is still stable at 5th place
  • Delphi is still in top 10
  • Ruby is stable at 10th place.
  • C++ gained more popularity than Visual Basic and PHP
  • COBOL is loosing ground

Programming languages rankings by month:

The index can be used to check whether your programming skills are still up to date or to make a strategic decision about what programming language should be adopted when starting to build a new software system. The definition of the TIOBE index can be found here.

Position
Oct 2008
Position
Oct 2007
Delta in Position Programming Language Ratings
Oct 2008
Delta
Oct 2007
Status
1 1 Same Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 Java 20.949% -0.67% A
2 2 Same Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 C 15.565% +0.97% A
3 4 Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 C++ 10.954% +1.37% A
4 3 Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 (Visual) Basic 9.811% -1.35% A
5 5 Same Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 PHP 8.612% -0.89% A
6 8 Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 Python 4.565% +1.13% A
7 6 Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 Perl 4.419% -0.93% A
8 7 Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 C# 3.767% +0.03% A
9 13 Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 Delphi 3.288% +1.75% A
10 10 Same Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 Ruby 2.860% +0.47% A
11 9 Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 JavaScript 2.670% -0.01% A
12 12 Same Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 D 1.333% -0.26% A
13 11 Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 PL/SQL 1.024% -0.94% A-
14 14 Same Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 SAS 0.600% -0.78% B
15 17 Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 Lua 0.551% -0.04% B
16 21 Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 Pascal 0.520% +0.10% B
17 22 Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Up Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 ActionScript 0.506% +0.14% B
18 16 Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 COBOL 0.491% -0.19% B
19 18 Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 Lisp/Scheme 0.485% -0.09% B
20 15 Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008Down Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008 ABAP 0.445% -0.40% B

Other Programming languages

The complete top 50 of programming languages is listed below. This overview is published unofficially, because it could be the case that we missed a language.

Position Programming Language Ratings
21 Logo 0.430%
22 MATLAB 0.404%
23 Fortran 0.383%
24 Ada 0.372%
25 FoxPro/xBase 0.345%
26 RPG (OS/400) 0.304%
27 LabVIEW 0.248%
28 Prolog 0.248%
29 DC 0.242%
30 Awk 0.217%
31 PL/I 0.210%
32 Bourne shell 0.200%
33 Smalltalk 0.180%
34 Transact-SQL 0.165%
35 Focus 0.163%
36 Haskell 0.161%
37 Scala 0.147%
38 PowerShell 0.144%
39 Groovy 0.143%
40 Alice 0.136%
41 Forth 0.131%
42 Caml 0.124%
43 Euphoria 0.123%
44 REXX 0.120%
45 CL (OS/400) 0.118%
46 ML 0.116%
47 Tcl/Tk 0.116%
48 Natural 0.115%
49 Erlang 0.096%
50 Objective-C 0.086%

Programming languages long term trends

Following chart represents the long term trends of popular top 10 programming languages

tpci trends Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008

The Next 50 Programming Languages

The following list of languages denotes #51 to #100. Since the differences are relatively small, the programming languages are only listed (in alphabetical order).

  • ABC, AD, Algol, Alpha, APL, Applescript, AspectJ, Beta, Boo, C shell, cg, Ch, Clean, cT, Curl, Dylan, Eiffel, Factor, Felix, Fortress, Icon, IDL, Inform, Io, Lingo, MAD, Magic, Maple, Mathematica, MOO, MUMPS, NXT-G, Oberon, Occam, Oz, PILOT, Postscript, PowerBuilder, Progress, Q, R, REALbasic, Revolution, S-lang, SIGNAL, SPSS, VBScript, Verilog, VHDL, XSLT

Long Term Trends for categories of programming languages

The object-oriented paradigm is at an all time high with 57.6%. The popularity of dynamically typed languages seems to be stabilizing (see trend diagram below).

Category Ratings October 2008 Delta October 2007
Object-Oriented Languages 57.6% +4.0%
Procedural Languages 39.6% -3.1%
Functional Languages 1.9% -0.1%
Logical Languages 0.9% -0.8%
Category Ratings October 2008 Delta October 2007
Statically Typed Languages 60.4% +3.8%
Dynamically Typed Languages 39.6% -3.8%

history paradigm type%20system Popularity of Programming Languages: October 2008

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