Java tops C in language popularity assessment -- but not by much

Java has been buoyed by Android's success, but C continues to close the popularity gap

By , InfoWorld |  Software, c, java

Java is barely hanging on to its ranking as the most popular programming language, edging out C in this month's Tiobe index of programming language popularity.

Released on Sunday, the February Tiobe Community Programming Index had Java being used by 17.05% of developers. A year ago, 18.48% of developers used it, while 17.48% of developers used Java a month ago. C was slotted right behind Java, used by 16.52% of developers in the latest release of the index -- up from 14.98% the same time last year, but down from the 16.98% using it in last month's index.

[ Tiobe's previous prediction that Java could fall from the top spot has not come to fruition -- at least not yet. | Also, see Oracle's two-year roadmap for Java. | Get more Java news by subscribing to InfoWorld's Enterprise Java newsletter. ]

"Java has a chance to remain number one now that Android is the most frequently used mobile platform," said Paul Jansen, Tiobe's managing director. "On the other hand, lots of small devices (and there appear to be more and more of these in this world) are still being programmed in C. I expect that Java will remain number 1 for at least the next six months."

Ranking behind Java and C were: C#, used by 8.65%; C++, at 7.85%; Objective-C, at 7.06%; and PHP, used by 5.64%. But Objective-C, which is gaining popularity because of its association with Apple iOS application development, and PHP, for server-side Web development, are going in opposite directions. While Objective-C gained nearly 4.5 percentage points in a year, having been used by just 2.57% of developers a year ago, PHP saw its usage drop from 6.97% during the same time last year to 5.64% in the latest survey.


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