Top 10 software languages in 2016

According to the TIOBE Index published in August of 2016, web and mobile languages, such as Java, are dominating while C is less in demand in comparison to years before; the reason being is that C is not appropriate for emerging technologies in the web, mobile and IoT app development space.

This does not particularly spell doom for the C language. It’s merely side-stepping to the incumbent force and popularity of Internet connected applications.

Aug 2015 Aug 2016 Programming language Ratings Change
1 1 Java 19.010% -0.26%
2 2 C 11.303% -3.43%
3 3 C++ 5.800% -1.94%
4 4 C# 4.907% +0.07%
5 5 Python 4.404% +0.34%
7 6 PHP 3.173% +0.44%
9 7 Javascript 2.705% +0.54%
8 8 Visual Basic .NET 2.518% -0.19%
10 9 Perl 2.511% +0.39%
12 10 Assembly language 2.364% +0.60%

Source: Tiobe Index August 2016

Java’s domination of the modern enterprise ecosystem

One critical factor that makes the language so appealing is that it offers multiple libraries that can handle any issue within the SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle).

Java does not discriminate:

  • It runs on just about any platform imaginable
  • Designed for high scalability (Java and MongoDB makes one powerful couple!)
  • Processes large amounts of data (The ideal choice when building Big Data apps)

Large DATA gobbling companies such as Twitter, who began its platform development with Ruby on Rails, eventually migrated to Java to handle massive amounts of requests like searching for hashtags. Square Inc, a successful Point-of-Sale credit card processing application, went through a similar gambit by shifting from Ruby on Rails on to Java.


Former Square Inc. CTO, Bob Lee talks about why they shifted from RoR to Java 

For companies this large to accept radical change is quite uncommon. This is the impact and overall importance the language has on businesses that rely on the integrity of their software application to drive its business.

Google luv’s Oracle Java

May 2016, Google wins a major verdict that would’ve cost the company $9.3 Billion USD. The lawsuit brought on by Oracle, claiming that Google needed to have a license in order to develop Android. Long story short, the Jury thought otherwise and coders worldwide along with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, breathed a huge sigh of relief. Though Google is signaling Developers to use OpenJDK (Java Development Kit), that will create a nice codebase for its partners and vendors, it does not look like it will abandon Java anytime soon. There are some developer speculations around Google pushing emerging OpenSource GO programming language and Dart programming Language and seems a logical choice in the long run.

Higher demand for Java developers

Demand for enterprise Mobile applications will grow in the next few years, and so will the demand for talent that not only understands business Application architectures, but also be able to push the boundaries of Java related languages and platforms.

Android is king, dominating 80.7% of the market compared Apple’s 17% and will continue to expand well into 2020. If Google does not change anything to its Android ecosystem, it will continue to drive mobile development trends. With all this expected growth, US companies will be faced with fierce competition in retaining and bringing experienced Java developers to their teams.

Device marketshare – Gartner researchThough not necessarily a new paradigm in recent years, war for talent evolves at the speed of economic development. To add more fire to this challenge, the propagation of the virtual machine, employers will need Java Developers to support the elements in its foundation and architecture. Another reason why Java is and will continue to be a highly desirable language for years to come because it’s the leading language connecting and developing IoT (Internet of Things) applications. Java APIs for storage will play a huge role in expanding the language’s role within IoT context as it will be focused on embedded systems (Project Kona)

Java’s enduring legacy

The language has quite a bit of history and has gone through its ups and downs, but it’s not going away any time soon. 9 million developers use it, offers huge libraries and it’s driving global enterprise application development trends. Coding in Java gives companies a tremendous amount of flexibility and with it new set of challenges in adhering to time and budgetary constraints. The chances of developing successful applications using Java language is increased by participating in local Java communities and aligning with partners that have a clear understanding of its capabilities who focus on your business outcome.

Tapping into emerging US Proximity based Tech-Ecosystems

Today, companies have to get creative with sourcing and hiring strategies. Most cringe and detest at the idea of looking for external vendors because of the horror stories heard about outsourcing to vendors who put coders (Bodies) on to their projects who don’t relate to their company culture, creative affinity and communication process. Lately, there’s a growing trend for US technology companies such as: Playboy, RealD and Coca-Cola to look across the border of San Diego and tap into growing Tech EcoSystems with naturally bilingual talent.