Top programming languages in use 2019 [informal study]

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Summary

This informal study gives a broad estimate of what programming languages are used commercially in the US. For the last 20 years, I’ve done a job search at www.dice.com for some of the most popular languages.

Main takeaways:

Number of hits (x1,000) on Dice, tech jobs search engine, February 2019.

(year)            00   02   04   06   08   10   12   14   16   18   19

Java              55    3    8   14   16   12   18   17   16   15   18
JavaScript         5    1    2    4    6    6   11   12   12   10   12
C/C++ (*)         75    2    5   16    9   12   18   16    8    7    9
Python                            1    1    2    4    5    7    8    9
Visual Basic      21    1    2    3    2    1    2    1   12    9    8
C#                           1    5    8    6    9    8    7    6    6
Objective C                                           2    6    5    5
Go                                                                   3
Perl              18    1    2    5    5    4    5    4    4    3    2
R                                                               2    2
Ruby                                        1    2    2    3    2    2
Bash                                                  1    2    2    2
Scala                                                      1    1    1
PHP                               1    2    2    4    3    3    2    1
Matlab                                                          1    1
Assembly           4    1    1    2    1    1    1    1    1    1    1
JSP                               4    4    3    3    2    1    1    1
ASP                              11    7    4    6    5    2    1    1
TypeScript                                                           1
Swift                                                           1    1

(*) Back in 2000 it made sense to lump C and C++ together.

Top languages 2019

Number of hits on Dice, tech jobs search engine.

Java           18,413
JavaScript     11,948
C or C++        9,031
Python          8,720
Visual Basic    7,783
C#              5,625
Objective-C     5,478
Go              3,475
Perl            2,153
R               1,921
Ruby            1,719
Bash            1,535
Scala           1,355
PHP             1,309
Matlab          1,090
Assembly          963
JSP               949
ASP               740
Typescript        709
Swift             578
Groovy            426
Crystal           416
Cobol             332
VBA               280
Kotlin            242
Ada               211
Fortran           109
Tcl                92
Clojure            65
Scheme             49
awk                47
Elixir             45
Elm                31
Lua                28
Rust               27
Haskell            23
Dart               22
Delphi             20
Erlang             20
F#                 18
Lisp               12
PostScript          9
Pascal              4
Smalltalk           2
Prolog              0

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