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15 programming languages in high demand

Software is the future of business. Tis is not simply a buzz statement. More and more companies from all industries realize they need proper software in their day-to-day tasks in order to stay ahead.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen even once said: “Software is eating the world”. Currently though, software needs coders. A lot of them. The forecasts say the industry will need hundreds of thousands software developers if not more. And all of them are needed as soon as possible.

But then again, there are so many programming languages out there. And big names like Google and Apple made their own which they would like to push in the industry. So, the questions is: Which programming language to learn?

The answer might come by the TIOBE Index and the annual Stack Overflow developer survey. Both have lists with their current most popular programming languages.

The TIOBE Programming Community index is an indicator of the popularity of programming languages. The community updates the index once a month. It bases the ratings on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors. Also, results from social media and online search engines are taken into consideration as well.

The Stack Overflow list is based on the responses of 49 397 developers. They say which programming languages they use the most. It’s a clear indicator about what is currently most needed.

Since both indexes use different methodology, their lists are different, but not too different. Most of the languages are the same, only their positions in the charts are different.

With that in mind, here is a combined list of

the 15 programming languages in high demand
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • SQL
  • PHP
  • Python
  • C++
  • C#
  • C
  • Ruby
  • Node.js
  • Visual Basic .NET
  • Perl
  • Objective-C
  • Swift
  • Go

So, thesse are some of the current most popular programming languages. Swift by Apple and Go by Google net big gains. Also rising in popularity are Objective-C and Python.

Among the languages which show a slight decline, but are still with a huge lead to the gainers, are C, PHP and Java. Their declines though are very small and these languages aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.