While terming a particular technology “most popular” is always a problematic endeavor, Google’s gargantuan amount of search data offers some excellent insights into which technologies seized the world’s attention in 2015.
Google’s list of the most-searched software technologies last year included, in descending order:
These rankings should be unsurprising to tech pros and Web developers; the top five technologies, for example, undergird the modern Web.
Further down the list, however, is where things get a little more interesting: Windows PowerShell (a task-automation and configuration management network), Scratch (a visual programming language), and Go (a programming language developed at Google) all made first-time appearances on the list in 2015. Adobe Flash was also new to the list, despite its age; perhaps the increased search volume was due to controversies over the platform’s security, or Adobe’s announcement that it would soon commence HTML5 support for Flash Professional CC.