Java Knocked off the Top Spot

C is back on the top spot! According to the TIOBE index, Java has taken second place in the TIOBE Programming Community Index for April 2010.

TIOBE reports that C has enjoyed fairly consistent popularity over the past few years, and cites the reason for its current number one placement, as “the decline of its competitor Java.” This is Java's lowest TIOBE rating since the 2005 period, where it reached a low of 15% on the TIOBE scale.

“It is losing ground to other languages running on the JVM. An example of such a language is JavaFX script that is now approaching the top 20,” reads the report.

However, JavaFX Script has a rating of 0.485%, while Java still has a considerable lead at 18.051%.

The TOBE index counts the hits on popular search engines such as Google, MSN, Wikipedia, Yahoo! and YouTube, to deliver its verdict on the current popularity of programming languages.

Jessica Thornsby

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