Which programming language is the most popular?

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Posted at 18:40 on 25 November 2005

Tiobe Software conducts a monthly survey on the relative popularity of all the different programming languages, based on searches through Google, MSN and Yahoo! on courses, third party vendors and skilled engineers.

At the moment, Java is the most popular, followed by (in descending order) C, C++, PHP, Visual Basic, Perl, C#, Python and JavaScript. It's interesting to see which way the different languages are moving, with PHP (which is particularly popular with beginners in web development) aiming for number three.