February 11, 2013, 10:09 AM — Despite recent headlines about its security woes, Java has returned to the top spot in a monthly assessment of the popularity of programming languages, 10 months after being supplanted by the C language.
The Tiobe Programming Community Index again has Java as the most popular language. The company says Java's ties to Android mobile development are the reason for its recent good fortune. "Boosted by the success of Android phones, Java has gained most market share of all languages last half a year," Tiobe said.
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Java had a popularity rating of 18.387% for the month, followed by C at 17.080. Rounding out the top 10 were: Objective-C (9.803%), C++ (8.758%), C# (6.680%), PHP (5.074%), Python (4.949%), Visual Basic (4.648%), Perl (2.252%), and Ruby (1.752%). Python is rising and is rivaling PHP to become the most-popular interpreted language, Tiobe said. Tiobe assesses popularity by examining language-related search activities in search engines like Google as well as on sites like Wikipedia. Ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers worldwide, course,s and third-party vendors.
When it comes to Tiobe's survey, at least, it appears Java's recent security woes, which mostly affect browser plug-in capabilities, have not had much of an effect on the language's popularity. Oracle just last week released a patch intended to halt an active exploitation affecting the Java Runtime Environment.