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Once-declining Java cements its lead in language popularity index

Paul Krill | Aug. 10, 2015
Once-faltering Java is beginning to run away with the Tiobe language popularity index, with the language getting a shot in the arm from last year's Java 8 release.

In an email response to questions, Paul Jansen, managing director at Tiobe, sees Java as the big winner while Swift has yet to gain massive adoption. "Objective-C has lost more than 6 percent the last 12 months. This 6 percent hasn't been consumed by Swift, which only won 0.5 percent during the same time. Java, on the other hand, won more than 4 percent. From industry, I receive no signs of massive adoption of Swift yet, whereas we experience a general urge to use Java."

Swift is ranked in 17th place in this month's index, with a share of 1.179 percent. Of course, the language only debuted in June 2014. In third place in this month's index was C++ (7.735 percent), followed by C# (4.837 percent) and Python (4.066 percent). Objective-C was sixth (3.195 percent). This month's rival PyPL index, which analyzes how often language tutorials are searched on in Google, again has Java tops with a 24.5 percent share, followed by PHP (11.4 percent), Python (11.1 percent), C# (9.2 percent) and C++ (7.7 percent).


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