Language popularity

Tim O’Reilly posts statistics on the technical book market. This installment contains the interesting prediction that C# will replace Java as the most popular language shortly, and may have done so already:

Microsoft languages (VB and C#) are both showing strong growth, while Java is weakening, continuing a years-long trend.


“.Net languages” refers to books that cover both C# and VB in the same book. If you give C# credit for all the books in this group, C# now just edges out Java as the most popular computer programming language. And if current growth trends continue, with Java off 6% and C# up 68%, C# will significantly extend its lead next quarter.

22 April 2006 by trevor #