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The 2018 Top Programming Languages


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The Top Ten Languages of 2018, ranked for the typical IEEE member and Spectrum reader.

IEEE Spectrum combined metrics from multiple sources to rank 47 programming languages.

Credit: IEEE Spectrum

IEEE Spectrum's fifth annual interactive ranking of the top programming languages draws on metrics from multiple sources to rank 47 languages.

Because different programmers have different needs and domains of interest, the IEEE Spectrum team chose to develop an interactive application that enables the user to choose how the metrics are weighted when combined.

The ranking includes a default weighting, as well as other presets that focus on different aspects of coding.

IEEE’s ranking for its typical members found Python as the top programming language with a score of 100, followed by C++ with 98.4 and C with 98.2.

Python continues to gain popularity among programmers because it is now an embedded language; many modern microcontrollers now have more than enough power to host a Python interpreter, making the language useful in specific applications to play with attached hardware via an interactive prompt or dynamically reload scripts in real time.

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