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TIOBE Index for December 2014

December Headline: R and Swift candidate languages of the year

There are two candidates for the TIOBE programming language of the year award that will be announced around the 1st of January 2015. These are statistical language R (+1.38%) and Apple's new Swift language (+1.06%). Apart from these, also JavaScript and Dart have a chance to win. The award is given to the language with the highest increase in ratings in 2014. Visual Basic has the highest delta but it doesn't qualify for the award because it has been introduced as a split off of the general Basic entry.

The TIOBE Programming Community index is an indicator of the popularity of programming languages. The index is updated once a month. The ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors. Popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. It is important to note that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming language or the language in which most lines of code have been written.

The index can be used to check whether your programming skills are still up to date or to make a strategic decision about what programming language should be adopted when starting to build a new software system. The definition of the TIOBE index can be found here.

Dec 2014 Dec 2013 Change Programming Language Ratings Change
11C17.588%-0.30%
22Java14.959%-2.35%
33Objective-C9.130%-1.07%
44C++6.104%-2.16%
55C#4.328%-1.29%
66PHP2.746%-2.53%
710changeJavaScript2.433%+0.58%
88Python2.287%+0.08%
911changeVisual Basic .NET2.235%+0.55%
1012changePerl1.826%+0.75%
11-changeVisual Basic1.802%+1.80%
1238changeR1.630%+1.38%
139changeTransact-SQL1.473%-0.40%
1417changePL/SQL1.330%+0.73%
1518changePascal1.173%+0.58%
1615changeDelphi/Object Pascal1.118%+0.43%
17-changeSwift1.065%+1.06%
1813changeRuby0.978%+0.05%
1920changeF#0.888%+0.32%
2014changeMATLAB0.867%+0.16%


Other programming languages

The complete top 50 of programming languages is listed below. This overview is published unofficially, because it could be the case that we missed a language. If you have the impression there is a programming language lacking, please notify us at tpci@tiobe.com.

PositionProgramming LanguageRatings
21SAS0.843%
22Dart0.835%
23OpenEdge ABL0.811%
24Logo0.805%
25ML0.742%
26COBOL0.659%
27PostScript0.642%
28D0.605%
29ABAP0.603%
30Q0.602%
31Fortran0.545%
32Assembly0.523%
33cT0.494%
34Scratch0.491%
35ActionScript0.463%
36Lisp0.440%
37Scala0.434%
38Ada0.409%
39PL/I0.367%
40Io0.361%
41Lua0.360%
42Max/MSP0.333%
43Groovy0.311%
44Prolog0.309%
45LabVIEW0.276%
46Go0.261%
47Scheme0.249%
48RPG (OS/400)0.218%
49Haskell0.214%
50VBScript0.209%

The Next 50 Programming Languages

The following list of languages denotes #51 to #100. Since the differences are relatively small, the programming languages are only listed (in alphabetical order).


This Month's Changes in the Index

This month the following changes have been made to the definition of the index:


Very Long Term History

To see the bigger picture, please find the positions of the top 10 programming languages of many years back. Please note that these are average positions for a period of 12 months.

Programming Language2014200920041999199419891984
C1211111
Java2123---
Objective-C32637----
C++43322212
C#55812---
PHP64530---
Python7662322--
JavaScript8899---
Visual Basic .NET9------
Perl10744919-
Pascal15137673205
Lisp17161217532
Ada32251510643

Programming Language Hall of Fame

The hall of fame listing all "Programming Language of the Year" award winners is shown below. The award is given to the programming language that has the highest rise in ratings in a year.

YearWinner
2013 Transact-SQL
2012 Objective-C
2011 Objective-C
2010 Python
2009 Go
2008 C
2007 Python
2006 Ruby
2005 Java
2004 PHP
2003 C++


Bugs & Change Requests

This is the top 5 of most requested changes and bugs. If you have any suggestions how to improve the index don't hesitate to send an e-mail to tpci@tiobe.com.

  1. Apart from "<language> programming", also other queries such as "programming with <language>", "<language> development" and "<language> coding" should be tried out.
  2. Add queries for other natural languages (apart from English). The idea is to start with the Chinese search engine Baidu. This has been implemented partially and will be completed the next few months.
  3. Add a list of all search term requests that have been rejected. This is to minimize the number of recurring mails about Rails, JQuery, JSP, etc.
  4. Start a TIOBE index for databases, software configuration management systems and application frameworks.
  5. Some search engines allow to query pages that have been added last year. The TIOBE index should only track those recently added pages.


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