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TIOBE Index for October 2014

October Headline: Dart enters the top 20 for the first time

Finally, some fresh blood in the TIOBE index! Google's Dart, the proclaimed successor of JavaScript, enters the top 20 for the first time. Competitors of Dart such as CoffeeScript (position 133) and TypeScript (position 122) don't impress yet. The adoption of Dart had a slow start after its birth at the end of 2011 because engineers were afraid that other browsers than Google's Chrome wouldn't support Dart. And they were right. But now that the Dart to JavaScript compiler is mature and claims to generate even faster code than hand-written JavaScript, the Dart language seems to have a bright future. It is interesting to note that at the same time that Dart enters the top 20, JavaScript is losing some positions.

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.

Oct 2014 Oct 2013 Change Programming Language Ratings Change
11C17.655%+0.41%
22Java13.506%-2.60%
33Objective-C10.096%+1.10%
44C++4.868%-3.80%
56changeC#4.748%-0.97%
67changeBasic3.507%-1.31%
75changePHP2.942%-3.15%
88Python2.333%-0.77%
912changePerl2.116%+0.51%
109changeTransact-SQL2.102%-0.52%
1117changeDelphi/Object Pascal1.812%+1.11%
1210changeJavaScript1.771%-0.27%
1311changeVisual Basic .NET1.751%-0.18%
14-changeVisual Basic1.564%+1.56%
1521changeR1.523%+0.97%
1613changeRuby1.128%-0.12%
1781changeDart1.119%+1.03%
1824changeF#0.868%+0.37%
19-changeSwift0.761%+0.76%
2014changePascal0.726%-0.03%


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
21ML0.704%
22SAS0.679%
23PL/SQL0.676%
24PostScript0.655%
25ActionScript0.614%
26Logo0.613%
27MATLAB0.608%
28Lisp0.582%
29OpenEdge ABL0.509%
30COBOL0.417%
31Assembly0.411%
32Fortran0.386%
33Ada0.385%
34C shell0.379%
35D0.376%
36cT0.373%
37Erlang0.370%
38Common Lisp0.367%
39ABAP0.367%
40Haskell0.341%
41Scala0.341%
42Go0.332%
43Tcl0.325%
44PL/I0.310%
45Lua0.300%
46Scheme0.299%
47Scratch0.290%
48CFML0.286%
49Groovy0.277%
50Hack0.259%

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 Language201420092004199919941989
C122111
Java2113--
Objective-C32736---
C++433222
C#55718--
PHP645---
Python7662321-
JavaScript88915--
Visual Basic .NET9-----
Transact-SQL1028----
Pascal1514847321
Lisp1717131453

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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