The Most Popular Programming Languages – 1965/2021 – New Update

What are The Most Popular Programming Languages – 1965/2021? In today’s article we are going to analyze the most popular programming languages throughout history. Starting from the first programming languages, such as Fortren, Algol, APL1, we will move on to analyze the data of Java, Python, C and many others.

The most popular programming languages from 1965 to 2020

What are, in 2020 the most popular programming languages (below we will also see the data of 2021). The first most popular programming language, in 2020, is Python. In second place we find Javascript and in third place Java. In terms of popularity these first three languages have a value (calculated as explained at the bottom) of 26.78, 23.66 and 22.15. From fourth place onwards we find other programming languages such as C#, PHP, C++, R and with a value that varies from 8.35 points to 2 and a half of Kotln.

The most popular programming languages in 2021 (TIOBE Index)

Over the next few weeks, I will be doing a new calculation of the most commonly used programming languages in the first quarter of 2021. In the meantime, to understand how the programming world is doing, I’ll show you this data. According to the TIOBE index (you can find the calculation system here). The most popular programming language as of March 2021 is C. C has in fact a value of 15.33% of the total, followed by Java with a 10.45% that loses -7,33% and Python in third place with a 10.31%.

Top 50 most popular programming languages

We have seen which are the most popular programming languages from 1965 to 2020 and which are in March 2021. In the table below you can see the top programming languages as of May 2021. Again, the TIOBE index was used. Taking away the top programming languages, we also find Power Shell, Visual FoxPro, Elixir and others in the top 50.

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.

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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