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C is number one!

Apr 08, 2010, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Right next to my desk in a bookshelf is my 1988 copy of Kernighan and Ritchie's second edition of The C Programming Language. I've kept this book, the urtext of C programming, because C has always been the first language of Unix and Linux, and I like to be able to read source code. I know that, over the years, C had declined in use. What I didn't know was that, old as it is, C has actually maintained more of its popularity than I had thought and that it's now once more the number-one programming language in the world.

"In a survey of programming language use by TIOBE Software, an analysis company focusing on software quality, they found that "After more than 4 years C is back at position number 1 in the TIOBE index." It's not that C has suddenly gained new developers: "The scores for C have been pretty constant through the years, varying between the 15% and 20% market share for almost 10 years." The real reason C's is back on top is because Java use has been declining."

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