The Most Popular Language This Month Is….

The most popular language of this month? Well it depends which source you use. For example, I checked out the TIOBE index as well as the top language used in GitHub projects. Would you be surprised that Java was not number 1 on either listing?

Now, I never take these language popularity things too seriously. More than likely, the language you’re using at work isn’t the cool language of the day. But it gives a good indication of what languages might be worth learning, if you have the time.

TIOBE Index – C Reigns Supreme

On the TIOBE index, where Java has been number one for a very very long time, C has taken it’s place at the top. Yes, C!

Don’t worry if you’re confused right now looking at this – I don’t get it either! It’s obvious that Objective-C continues to grow more popular. But JavaScript looks a bit low on this index, especially when you consider the results I found at GitHub

GitHub  – Everybody Loves JavaScript

I guess the GitHub ratings make more sense, considering you can’t move in GitHub without bumping into a JavaScript project. Every other language has a reasonable showing. Compare Java to C and there’s not much in it.

Some Better News For Java Developers

I didn’t have to go too far to find some good news for Java developers. RoleConnect, an Irish company that connects contractors with employers ran some analysis on what skills are most in demand right now. According to the team there, there’s still a huge interest in Java/J2EE and Spring developers.

So, three different indices and it’s no clearer what the most popular language really is. Is there a definitive way to measure this statistic? Or is it just all too subjective?

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