JavaScript, Java Dominate RedMonk Ranks


Just for comparison, here’s the TIOBE Index of February’s most popular programming languages, pulled from search-engine data:

  1. Java
    2. C
    3. C++
    4. C#
    5. Python
    6. PHP
    7. Visual Basic .NET
    8. Perl
    9. JavaScript
    10. Delphi/Object Pascal
    11. Ruby
    12. Visual basic
    13. Assembly Language
    14. Objective-C
    15. D

Of particular note is how, on TIOBE’s list, JavaScript places a respectable-but-unspectacular ninth. Contrast that with RedMonk, where it sits firmly in top place. Obviously developers are downloading and discussing the language (placing it high with RedMonk) but not searching for it quite as much as other programming languages (which would have placed it higher on TIOBE). Java, however, continues to comfortably dominate both lists.

Why does Java continue its spectacular run, more than twenty years after its creation? When the language made its debut in May 1995 (as Java 1.0a2 with the HotJava browser), it’s questionable whether any of its creators at Sun Microsystems thought it would have such a long lifespan ahead of it.

But as with most enduring languages and software platforms, Java had the good luck of becoming the go-to tool for developers building a wide variety of products, including (in Java’s case) everything from Web services to enterprise software products. Given its degree of integration into the modern cloud, it’s likely that Java will endure for many years to come—no matter who’s compiling the rankings.