What are the most popular programming languages from 1965 to 2022? 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 2022. These include Java, Python, C++, C and many others.
The most popular programming languages from 1965 to 2020
The most popular programming languages in 2022 (TIOBE Index)
We have seen which are the most popular programming languages from 1965 to 2020. But what are the most popular programming languages in 2022? To answer this question, we will use the January update of the TIOBE index. To see how the index is calculated, I invite you to look at the TIOBE page.
Most popular programming 2022
- C, 15,33%
- Java, 10,45%
- Python, 10,31%
- C++. 6,52%
- C#, 4,97%
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.
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.
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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