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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Top 20 programming languages

ABC, Boo, Oberon, Occam, Scala, Yorick, Shakespeare, Chef ....I thought these were some wierd words straight out of some techno/psycho babble, but was taken by surprised to know that these are programming languages.

Anyways continuing...Got to know this site called Tiobe, which intrestingly, ranks the programming languages based on the world-wide availability of skilled engineers, courses and third party vendors..Rankings are given out on a monthly basis. Here are the rankings for month of July..


Position
July 2006
Position
July 2005
Delta
in Position
Programming LanguageRatings
July 2006
Delta
July 2005
Status
1 2 Java 21.853% +2.19% A
2 1 C 17.829% -2.02% A
3 6 (Visual) Basic 10.689% +4.62% A
4 4 PHP 10.350% +1.18% A
5 3 C++ 9.779% -1.28% A
6 5 Perl 5.626% -2.20% A
7 7 C# 3.401% +0.26% A
8 8 Python 3.017% +0.49% A
9 9 JavaScript 2.108% +0.33% A
10 10 Delphi 2.037% +0.30% A
11 12 SAS 1.746% +0.54% A
12 13 PL/SQL 0.956% -0.09% A
13 35 22 * Visual FoxPro 0.868% +0.60% A
14 18 Ada 0.548% -0.20% B
15 15 Lisp/Scheme 0.515% -0.46% B
16 21 Pascal 0.511% -0.04% B
17 30 13 * Ruby 0.506% +0.20% B
18 33 15 * ActionScript 0.484% +0.20% B
19 16 VB.NET 0.477% -0.48% B
20 11 9 * COBOL 0.464% -0.93% B

Some intresting things I noticed are;

1) I don't work with any of the top 10 languages :(

2) Perl is rated below PHP.

3) Perl rating has slipped by one rank as compared to same month in year 2005.

4) Check Ruby-on-Rails...30 to 17!!!

So Perl, once mother of scripting languages, losing out?? I am no expert, so can't comment. But many have already started to sing elegy for Perl.. you can catch up with intresting article on this topic here , also check out the various links in the article. It would be sad if that happens.

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