The Most Popular Programming Languages – 1965/2024 – New Update

What are the most popular programming languages from 1965 to 2023? In today’s article, we will look at the most popular programming languages throughout history. Starting with the most widely used early programming languages such as Algol, APL1, Fortren and others, we will look at the most popular programming languages in 2021 and 2024. These include Java, Python, C++, C and many others. Most Popular Programming Languages 2024.

The most popular programming languages from 1965 to 2024

In 2024, the most popular programming languages are ranked based on their popularity scores. The leading programming language is Python, holding the top position with a score of 29.03. Following Python, in second place, is JavaScript with a score of 24.01. Java comes in third with a score of 18.53. These three languages dominate the landscape with significant popularity.

From the fourth position onward, other programming languages show varying levels of popularity. TypeScript is in fourth place with a score of 8.08, followed closely by C# with a score of 8.01. C++ secures the sixth position with a score of 6.10, and PHP follows with a score of 6.16. Go is also notable with a score of 5.73. Other languages like Kotlin, R, Ruby, and Swift have scores ranging from 3.83 to 3.02. Objective C has a score of 2.96.

Most Popular Programming Languages 2024

  1. Python – 29.03
  2. JavaScript – 24.01
  3. Java – 18.53
  4. TypeScript – 8.08
  5. C# – 8.01
  6. PHP – 6.16
  7. C++ – 6.10
  8. Go – 5.73
  9. Kotlin – 3.83
  10. R – 3.01
  11. Ruby – 3.41
  12. Swift – 3.02
  13. Objective C – 2.96

Most Popular Programming Languages 2024

In June 2024, Python continues to reign supreme as the most popular programming language, with a rating of 15.39%, showing a significant increase of 2.93% from June 2023. C++ has climbed to the second spot with a rating of 10.03%, despite a decrease of 1.33%. Meanwhile, C has slipped to third place with a rating of 9.23%, down by 3.14%. Java remains steady in fourth place at 8.40%, though it experienced a drop of 2.88%. C# holds onto the fifth position with a slight decrease, now at 6.65%. JavaScript has moved up to sixth place with a rating of 3.32%, reflecting a positive change of 0.51%. Notably, Go has surged to seventh place, increasing its rating by 0.93% to 1.93%. SQL, Visual Basic, and Fortran round out the top ten, with Fortran making a notable leap to tenth place, increasing by 0.53% to 1.53%. This data underscores the shifting dynamics in the programming world, with emerging languages like Go and Swift gaining traction, while traditional languages like PHP and Visual Basic see a decline (source: TIOBE Index).

The most used programming languages in the 60s and 70s

But what were the most successful programming languages in the 1950s and 1960s? Among the first programming languages we find Fortran. Fortran was a programming language born in 1957. It was developed starting in the early 1950s and published later in 1957. The strength of this program lies in its numerous application programs, function libraries. Among other things Fortran is still one of the most widely used programming languages despite being on the market for over 63 years.

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Cover of The Fortran Automatic Coding System for the IBM 704 EDPM, Wikipedia

Another program that was very successful was Cobol. Designed in the late 50s, precisely in 1959, it was officially published in 1961. Again, the program is still in use today (the latest version is from 2014). Cobol was designed by Grace Hopper, computer scientist and programming pioneer, who with the support of the U.S. Department of Defense, created a portable programming language capable of processing data.

Programming languages – Through the Years

If in 1950 and 1960 programming languages could be counted on the fingers, now there are thousands. From the simplest to the most complicated. In this infographic made by the website “The Software Guild”, you can see the evolution of programming languages from the 1950s to the 2010s. In fact, this visual map shows how programming languages are almost a family tree. I think it’s a very useful infographic to see how over time some programming languages we use now are “children” of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Data Source

The source of the starting data is the video and the calculation made by Data is Beautiful which has realized a popularity index on GitHub and other national surveys. To this data has been added the value of the 2020 data. The Y-axis is a value relativized specifically to create the data.

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