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Where Did All the C Programmers Go?

Posted on 8.30.2016

The current TIOBE Index, a highly respected resource for ranking the popularity of programming languages, indicated in its most recent report that the C programming language (invented way back in 1972) has hit a 15-year low. 

The reason? It appears that mobile- ad Web-friendly languages like Google's Go and Apple's Swift are taking over. 


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"The C programming language has a score of 11.303%, which is its lowest score ever since we started the TIOBE index back in 2001," wrote Paul Jansen, manager of TIOBE Index. C, however, remains the second most popular programming language, behind only Java. Could a "C" resurgence be on the horizon? 

Jansen suggested that one of the reaons for C's lackluster performance on the TIOBE index is that it doesn't currently have a major corporate sponsor. Oracle works with Java, for instance, and Apple suggests both Swift and Objective-C for building iPhone apps.

Who do you think would be the best corporate sponsor for C?  Share your thoughts in a comment below.

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