Top 10 Programming Languages Today

/ February 13, 2017/ Backend

Twice a year, RedMonk releases its latest rankings on programming languages. For the past five years, they have been charting the popularity of different programming languages based on their popularity on the Q&A site StackOverflow and the number of lines of code written and stored on the code hosting site GitHub.

With these two as main criteria, the rankings may not reflect the languages’ popularity of use in the business industry, nor how many jobs are available that require these language skills. Nevertheless, it shows what technologies developers are into nowadays. According to RedMonk, the data was dutifully collected and here are the Top 10 programming languages today:

  1. JavaScript
  2. Java
  3. PHP
  4. Python
  5. C#
  6. C++
  7. Ruby
  8. CSS
  9. C
  10. Objective-C

As you can see, these are the languages that we mostly use in our job (JavaScript, Java, PHP, C#, C++). However, RedMonk has listed the other languages which are not really falling behind:

11. Shell
12. Perl
13. R
14. Scala
15. Go
15. Haskell
17. Swift
18. Matlab
19. Clojure
19. Groovy
19. Visual Basic

The fact that JavaScript and Java are on top just shows that the best-tool-for-the-job approach works even within the most conservative industries. The rest of the Top 10 has remained static because it is more difficult to outrank these languages from a growth and popularity perspective. Although there were new languages introduced in the recent years like Julia, Go, and Swift, their growth will still take time to enter the Top 10. With this kind of trend, developers predict that the movement within the Top 10 is slow and long-term. In fact, the list hasn’t changed since January 2016 and at the bottom of the list is a tie between Clojure, Groovy, and Visual Basic.

But even though the old programming languages reign supreme, the rise of new languages has already stirred the world of software development and provided more choices for our programmers.

What do you think of the rankings? Let me know by commenting below.

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