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22 février 2012 3 22 /02 /février /2012 19:25

TIOBE Programming Community Index for February 2012

February Headline: All time low for Basic, all time high for VB.NET

It might be a coincidence but while classic (Visual) Basic is slowly going off radar, VB.NET is still gaining in popularity each month. VB.NET now enters the top 20. Other interesting moves this month: Groovy is approaching the top 20 by climbing another 8 places, CFML (ColdFusion) is back in the top 50, whereas Clojure entered the top 100 at position 77.

The TIOBE Programming Community index is an indicator of the popularity of programming languages. 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, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. Observe that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming language or the language in which most lines of code have been written.

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
Feb 2012
Position
Feb 2011
Delta in Position Programming Language Ratings
Feb 2012
Delta
Feb 2011
Status
1 1 Java 17.050% -1.43%   A
2 2 C 16.523% +1.54%   A
3 6 C# 8.653% +1.84%   A
4 3 C++ 7.853% -0.33%   A
5 8 Objective-C 7.062% +4.49%   A
6 5 PHP 5.641% -1.33%   A
7 7 (Visual) Basic 4.315% -0.61%   A
8 4 Python 3.148% -3.89%   A
9 10 Perl 2.931% +1.02%   A
10 9 JavaScript 2.465% -0.09%   A
11 13 Delphi/Object Pascal 1.964% +0.90%   A
12 11 Ruby 1.558% -0.06%   A
13 14 Lisp 0.905% -0.05%   A
14 26 Transact-SQL 0.846% +0.29%   A
15 17 Pascal 0.813% +0.08%   A
16 22 Visual Basic .NET 0.796% +0.21%   A--
17 32 PL/SQL 0.792% +0.38%   A
18 24 Logo 0.677% +0.10%   B
19 16 Ada 0.632% -0.17%   B
20 25 R 0.623% +0.06%   B





Long term trends

The long term trends for the top 10 programming languages can be found in the line diagram below.

 


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. If you have the impression there is a programming language lacking, please notify us at tpci@tiobe.com.

Position Programming Language Ratings
21 Lua 0.527%
22 Fortran 0.524%
23 NXT-G 0.522%
24 Assembly 0.520%
25 C shell 0.512%
26 MATLAB 0.493%
27 Scheme 0.432%
28 Groovy 0.414%
29 RPG (OS/400) 0.405%
30 Prolog 0.391%
31 Erlang 0.367%
32 ActionScript 0.365%
33 F# 0.359%
34 COBOL 0.355%
35 Scratch 0.354%
36 ABAP 0.335%
37 Forth 0.318%
38 cg 0.316%
39 PL/I 0.314%
40 D 0.302%
41 ML 0.297%
42 Haskell 0.293%
43 Standard ML 0.280%
44 CFML 0.278%
45 Go 0.277%
46 OpenEdge ABL 0.270%
47 APL 0.269%
48 Smalltalk 0.267%
49 Q 0.260%
50 Tcl 0.254%

 


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).

  • (Visual) FoxPro, ABC, Algol, Alice, Awk, Bash, bc, BETA, BlitzMax, Boo, Bourne shell, C++/CLI, CL (OS/400), Clean, Clojure, cT, Dart, Dylan, Eiffel, Euphoria, Factor, Icon, Inform, Io, J, JScript.NET, Korn shell, LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Ladder Logic, Lingo, Max/MSP, Modula-2, MUMPS, NATURAL, Oberon, Occam, OpenCL, Oz, PILOT, PowerShell, Revolution, REXX, S, S-PLUS, SAS, Scala, VBScript, VHDL, Z shell

Very Long Term History

To see the bigger picture, please find the positions of the top 10 programming languages from 5, 15 and 25 years ago in the table below.

Programming Language Position
Feb 2012
Position
Feb 2007
Position
Feb 1997
Position
Feb 1987
Java 1 1 4 -
C 2 2 1 1
C# 3 8 - -
C++ 4 3 2 7
Objective-C 5 44 - -
PHP 6 4 - -
(Visual) Basic 7 5 6 5
Python 8 7 27 -
Perl 9 6 5 -
JavaScript 10 9 25 -
Lisp 13 16 17 3
Ada 17 17 15 2
COBOL 34 18 3 10

Programming Language Hall of Fame

The hall of fame listing all "Programming Language of the Year" award winners is shown below. The award is given to the programming language that has the highest rise in ratings in a year.

Year Winner
2011 Objective-C
2010 Python
2009 Go
2008 C
2007 Python
2006 Ruby
2005 Java
2004 PHP
2003 C++

Categories of Programming Languages

In the tables below some long term trends are shown about categories of languages. Object-oriented statically typed languages have been most popular for more than 5 years now.

Category Ratings Feb 2012 Delta Feb 2011
Object-Oriented Languages 57.6% +0.4%
Procedural Languages 36.3% -1.0%
Functional Languages 4.2% -0.1%
Logical Languages 1.9% +0.7%



Category Ratings Feb 2012 Delta Feb 2011
Statically Typed Languages 71.3% +3.7%
Dynamically Typed Languages 28.7% -3.7%

 

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