one-in-five-lines-of-code-is-written-in-java-496076-2Short Bytes: The popularity of programming languages is measured using various factors. The TIOBE index is often used as the best way to learn about the popularity of a programming language and the latest trend indicates that Java is once again rising to claim the top spot.

According to the latest report of TIOBE, released in November 2015, Java has once again surpassed the 20% popularity threshold. This means, one in every five lines of source code is now written in Java.

Over the past 10 years, the popularity of Java has witnessed a downfall. However, in the early 2000s, TIOBE index was ruled by Java for a very long time with 25% popularity and more.

In the recent times, Java is once again revived, thanks to growing user base of Android.

“The ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors. Popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings,” according to TIOBE.

TIOBE suggests that this index could be used to check whether your programming skills are still up to date and which language should be adopted while building a new software system:

Nov 2015 Nov 2014 Change Programming Language Ratings Change
1 2 change Java 20.403% +6.01%
2 1 change C 17.145% -0.32%
3 4 change C++ 6.198% +0.10%
4 5 change C# 4.318% -0.67%
5 7 change Python 3.771% +1.18%
6 6 PHP 3.248% +0.20%
7 8 change JavaScript 2.473% +0.38%
8 10 change Visual Basic .NET 2.223% +0.16%
9 14 change Ruby 2.038% +0.83%
10 9 change Perl 2.032% -0.04%
11 29 change Assembly language 1.883% +1.28%
12 15 change Delphi/Object Pascal 1.682% +0.73%
13 11 change Visual Basic 1.681% +0.02%
14 3 change Objective-C 1.426% -7.64%
15 18 change Swift 1.236% +0.40%

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Take a look at the graph below:

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