C++ has overtaken Java to become the third most popular language in the Tiobe programming language index.
According to Paul Jansen, CEO of Tiobe Software, a Dutch software quality testing company, this is the first time C++ has surpassed Java in the Tiobe rankings and it is the first time since 2001, Java is not in the top three.
“C++’s growing popularity has come at the expense of Java. C++ has surpassed Java for the first time in the history of the TIOBE index, which means Java is currently in fourth place,” Jansen said. Note. “This is the first time Java has not been in the top three since the start of the TIOBE index in 2001.”
He also notes that Kotlin and Julia are getting closer to making the top 20 list. Kotlin is Java compatible which is backed by Google for Android app development while Julia, launched by MIT researchers in 2012popular among some for data science.
Analyst RedMonk chose Julia as a language worth watching in 2018 as a potential competitor to Python. It’s not in RedMonk’s latest June 20, 2022 top listbut not far from it.
In an annual comparison in the Tiobe index, the languages currently in the top 20 with significant gains over this period are: Rust (up from 27 to 20), Objective-C (up from 29 to 19) , science- specialized MATLAB (20 to 14) and Google’s Go language (up from 19 to 12).
Apple advertises Swift instead of Objective-C for developing apps on its platform, but in Tiobe’s index, Swift’s ranking has dropped from 10th last December to 15th today. According to RedMonk, Swift and Objective-C are in 11th and 12th place respectively, according to RedMonk. stack overflow put Swift in 19th place in the list of most commonly used programming languages, surpassing Objective-C at 27th place.
The list of ‘top’ programming languages doesn’t tell you everything about the individual coding platforms and can vary in focus and how they are put together. For example, Tiobe uses a number of programming related queries on popular search engines to calculate its ranking, but also based on the ranking of number of skilled engineers in the world, courses and third party suppliers.