Programming Language Trends

Tim O’Reilly uses stats for computing book sales to follow trends in the use of programming languages. His latest report shows (click image to enlarge):


It seems that Java books are still the top-sellers but are declining by 14% year-on-year whereas C# books are in second place and sales are effectivley static. Bright green represent the high-flying languages and any shade of green shows increasing popularity.

A glance at the sales figures over several years is also illuminating:


The big declines in Java and Visual Basic are obvious. Note the rise of JavaScript and Ruby.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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