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Programming Language Popularity – Part Six

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I compiled some programming language popularity statistics in April 2009, October 2009, October 2010, September 2011 and August 2012 . Here’s an update for February 2013:

I made a number of Google searches of the forms below and summed the results:

"implemented in <language>"
  "written in <language>"

Naturally this is of very limited utility, and the numbers are only useful when comparing relatively within the same search since the number of results Google returns can vary greatly over time.

I’ve divided the table into sections based on large percentage drops from one language to the next.

|------+-----------------+------------+----------+-------+------------|
| Rank | Language        |    # Search| Previous |  Rank | Delta from |
|      |                 |     Results|     Rank | Delta |    Apr '09 |
|------+-----------------+------------+----------+-------+------------|
|    1 | PHP             |  52,699,000|        1 |       |          3 |
|    2 | C               |  39,330,000|        2 |       |         -1 |
|    3 | C++             |  26,490,000|        4 |     1 |            |
|    4 | Python          |  22,410,000|        3 |    -1 |          1 |
|    5 | C#              |  21,474,000|        5 |       |          2 |
|------+-----------------+------------+----------+-------+------------|
|    6 | Perl            |  11,013,000|        8 |     2 |            |
|    7 | Java            |  10,150,000|        6 |    -1 |         -5 |
|    8 | JavaScript      |   7,340,000|        9 |     1 |          1 |
|------+-----------------+------------+----------+-------+------------|
|    9 | Ruby            |   3,456,000|        7 |    -2 |          1 |
|   10 | Lisp Family (1) |   2,955,000|       10 |       |         -2 |
|   11 | FORTRAN         |   2,256,000|       11 |       |        N/A |
|   12 | Lisp            |   1,708,000|       17 |     5 |            |
|   13 | R               |   1,305,000|       21 |     8 |        N/A |
|   14 | Tcl             |   1,072,100|       13 |    -1 |         -1 |
|   15 | Lua             |   1,011,000|       19 |     4 |          5 |
|   16 | ML Family (2)   |     988,400|       16 |       |         -2 |
|   17 | Erlang          |     842,000|       18 |     1 |         -1 |
|   18 | COBOL           |     729,200|       23 |     5 |        N/A |
|   19 | Haskell         |     707,000|       12 |    -7 |         -4 |
|   20 | Common Lisp     |     557,000|       20 |       |         -2 |
|   21 | OCaml           |     528,000|       24 |     3 |         -4 |
|   22 | Prolog          |     521,000|       25 |     3 |         -3 |
|   23 | (S)ML (3)       |     496,800|       27 |     4 |          1 |
|   24 | Scala           |     426,100|       22 |    -2 |          1 |
|   25 | Scheme          |     347,000|       28 |     3 |        -14 |
|   26 | Groovy          |     320,000|       14 |   -12 |        N/A |
|------+-----------------+------------+----------+-------+------------|
|   27 | Smalltalk       |     201,400|       29 |     2 |         -6 |
|   28 | Go              |     201,200|       15 |   -13 |        N/A |
|   29 | CoffeeScript    |     182,800|       31 |     2 |        N/A |
|   30 | Clojure         |     173,100|       30 |       |         -2 |
|   31 | Forth           |     128,800|       26 |    -5 |         -8 |
|   32 | Caml            |     102,600|       34 |     2 |         -6 |
|   33 | Racket          |      93,500|       33 |       |        N/A |
|   34 | Arc             |      76,400|       32 |    -2 |        -12 |
|   35 | Io              |      60,200|       35 |       |         -8 |
|------+-----------------+------------+----------+-------+------------|

(1) combines Lisp, Scheme, Common Lisp, Racket, Arc & Clojure
(2) combines OCaml, (S)ML, Caml
(3) summed separate searches for standard ml, sml & ml

Written by Brian Adkins

February 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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  1. Great set of statistics – I’m amazed by both the PHP and Python stats. N.B. that the links for August 2012 and October 2010 are broken.

    ianchanning

    January 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

  2. Thanks for the tip re: the broken links. They should be fixed now.

    Brian Adkins

    January 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  3. […] popularity statistics in April 2009, October 2009, October 2010, September 2011, August 2012, Februrary 2013 and September 2013. Here’s an update for May […]


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