TIOBE Programming Community Index for November 2011

November Headline: Objective-C programming language of the year 2011?

There are only 2 months to go before TIOBE will announce the programming language of the year 2011. This award is given to the programming language with the highest increase in ratings in one year. Objective-C seems to be the best candidate with a current delta of +2.79%, followed by C# (+1.61%) and JavaScript (+0.90%). It is interesting to note that Objective-C was in the same situation in November 2009 and 2010. Google’s new language Go surpassed Objective-C in the last month of 2009. Python did the same in 2010. And yes, there is a new dark horse this year: Google’s brand new Dart language. It entered the charts last month at position 107. This month it is already at position 63. Will it be able to beat Objective-C? We will see…

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. The popular search engines Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. Observe 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.

Position
Nov 2011
Position
Nov 2010
Delta in Position Programming Language Ratings
Nov 2011
Delta
Nov 2010
Status
1 1 Java 17.874% -0.63%   A
2 2 C 17.322% +0.61%   A
3 3 C++ 8.084% -1.41%   A
4 5 C# 7.319% +1.61%   A
5 4 PHP 6.096% -1.72%   A
6 8 Objective-C 5.983% +2.79%   A
7 7 (Visual) Basic 5.041% -0.43%   A
8 6 Python 3.617% -2.06%   A
9 11 JavaScript 2.565% +0.90%   A
10 9 Perl 2.078% -0.39%   A
11 10 Ruby 1.502% -0.40%   A
12 20 PL/SQL 1.438% +0.78%   A
13 13 Lisp 1.182% +0.09%   A
14 15 Pascal 0.991% +0.21%   A
15 21 MATLAB 0.955% +0.32%   A–
16 12 Delphi/Object Pascal 0.872% -0.77%   A
17 23 ABAP 0.847% +0.25%   A–
18 22 Lua 0.635% +0.02%   A-
19 16 Ada 0.622% -0.07%   B
20 19 RPG (OS/400) 0.620% -0.04%   B

Other programming languages

The complete top 50 of programming languages is listed below. This overview is published unofficially, because it could be the case that we missed a language. If you have the impression there is a programming language lacking, please notify us at tpci@tiobe.com.

Position Programming Language Ratings
21 Logo 0.592%
22 Transact-SQL 0.550%
23 Visual Basic .NET 0.533%
24 Assembly 0.529%
25 COBOL 0.522%
26 Scratch 0.522%
27 R 0.500%
28 Scheme 0.453%
29 NXT-G 0.447%
30 Fortran 0.440%
31 ActionScript 0.405%
32 Erlang 0.404%
33 VHDL 0.398%
34 C shell 0.393%
35 SAS 0.386%
36 Go 0.364%
37 Prolog 0.353%
38 Forth 0.331%
39 D 0.322%
40 Haskell 0.314%
41 APL 0.277%
42 Tcl 0.264%
43 Smalltalk 0.263%
44 ML 0.261%
45 Ladder Logic 0.251%
46 Awk 0.247%
47 PL/I 0.242%
48 Alice 0.234%
49 F# 0.230%
50 Q 0.221%

From: http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html?a

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