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TIOBE Index for January 2015

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January Headline: JavaScript programming language of 2014!

After all these years, JavaScript has finally become TIOBE’s language of the year. It was a close finish. Swift and R appeared to be the main candidates for the title but due to a deep fall of Objective-C this month, a lot of other languages took advantage of this and surpassed these two candidates at the last moment.

JavaScript has won the award because it appeared to be the biggest mover of 2014. JavaScript won 1.70% in one year time, followed by PL/SQL (+1.38%) and Perl (+1.33%). The JavaScript programming language has a long history and is always considered as the “ugly duckling” from a language design point of view. Nevertheless, JavaScript has become the standard browser language through the years. Boosted by the successes of JavaScript libraries and frameworks JQuery, Bootstrap, Node.js and GWT, JavaScript really deserves this award.

What about JavaScript’s competitors? Both CoffeeScript (from position #170 to #158) and TypeScript (from #205 to #195) hardly moved upwards in 2014. An exception to this is Dart, which made a big leap from position #124 to #34 in 2014. Let’s see what happens to Dart in 2015, but it seems JavaScript has no real competition yet.

It is always tempting to try to forecast what will change in 2015. Objective-C will probably lose its dominant position in mobile app development, whereas Java and Swift will gain traction in that field. Java might even become number one of the TIOBE index again. Other trends in progamming are modelling and big data. Here, MATLAB and R appear to be the market leaders. There is a realistic chance that they will enter the top 10 in 2015.

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. Popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. It is important to note 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.

Jan 2015 Jan 2014 Change Programming Language Ratings Change
1 1 C 16.703% -1.24%
2 2 Java 15.528% -1.00%
3 3 Objective-C 6.953% -4.14%
4 4 C++ 6.705% -0.86%
5 5 C# 5.045% -0.80%
6 6 PHP 3.784% -0.82%
7 9 change JavaScript 3.274% +1.70%
8 8 Python 2.613% +0.24%
9 13 change Perl 2.256% +1.33%
10 17 change PL/SQL 2.014% +1.38%
11 15 change MATLAB 1.390% +0.62%
12 26 change ABAP 1.273% +0.80%
13 27 change COBOL 1.267% +0.81%
14 24 change Assembly 1.171% +0.68%
15 12 change Ruby 1.130% +0.07%
16 11 change Visual Basic .NET 1.074% -0.48%
17 change Visual Basic 1.074% +1.07%
18 44 change R 1.042% +0.79%
19 10 change Transact-SQL 0.874% -0.68%
20 20 Delphi/Object Pascal 0.837% +0.24%
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My name is John Link.I am 26 years old. My major is Computer science and technology. I am a junior programmer with Python.

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