Stack Overflow: Most Loved, Dreaded & Wanted Programming Languages In 2020

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Stack Overflow has released its Developer Survey results for 2020. Just like every other year, the Q&A site for coding conducted a survey to find out the most loved, dreaded, and wanted programming languages.

Most Loved Programming Languages In 2020

The top four slots in the most loved programming languages are the same as last year, with a slight change in position. Rust is once again the most loved programming language of 2020. Typescript came second this time, pushing back Python to the third position.

Talking about the major shift in the rankings this time, we are seeing major gains by the Go programming language, which has moved to 5th position from 10th last year.

Before discussing the results further, let’s take a look at the complete list of most loved programming languages by Stack Overflow in 2020.

S. no Language Percentage of developers who voted for it
1 Rust 86.10%
2 TypeScript 67.10%
3 Python 66.70%
4 Kotlin 62.90%
5 Go 62.30%
6 Julia 62.20%
7 Dart 62.10%
8 C# 59.70%
9 Swift 59.50%
10 JavaScript 58.30%
11 SQL 56.60%
12 Bash/Shell/PowerShell 53.70%
13 HTML/CSS 53.50%
14 Scala 53.20%
15 Haskell 51.70%
16 R 44.50%
17 Java 44.10%
18 C++ 43.40%
19 Ruby 42.90%
20 PHP 37.30%
21 C 33.10%
22 Assembly 29.40%
23 Perl 28.60%
24 Objective-C 23.40%
25 VBA 19.60%

This marks the fifth consecutive year for Rust to rank first on this list. However, it was observed by the Rust project itself that many developers fancy Rust but don’t really learn or use it. The major reason behind this was adoption issues faced by developers in implementing Rust in projects or organizations as a whole.

Also Read: 10 Most Popular Programming Languages In 2020

Most Dreaded Programming Languages In 2020

VBA, Objective C, and Perl are the most dreaded languages this year. Even though there a high percentage of developers who are currently using them, the survey makes it clear that they have no interest in pursuing these languages.

Perl is a new addition to the hated languages club. Interestingly, the language never made it to last year’s list, and now it has become the third most dreaded language.

S. no Language Percentage of developers who voted for it
1 VBA 80.40%
2 Objective-C 76.60%
3 Perl 71.40%
4 Assembly 70.60%
5 C 66.90%
6 PHP 62.70%
7 Ruby 57.10%
8 C++ 56.60%
9 Java 55.90%
10 R 55.50%
11 Haskell 48.30%
12 Scala 46.80%
13 HTML/CSS 46.50%
14 Bash/Shell/PowerShell 46.30%
15 SQL 43.40%
16 JavaScript 41.70%
17 Swift 40.50%
18 C# 40.30%
19 Dart 37.90%
20 Julia 37.80%
21 Go 37.70%
22 Kotlin 37.10%
23 Python 33.30%
24 TypeScript 32.90%
25 Rust 13.90%

Most Wanted Programming Languages In 2020

Python has consistently managed to attract developers who do not use it right now but want to learn it. The programming language has topped the list for the fourth consecutive year.

We are seeing some modest gains in developers’ interest in learning Rust this year as well.

S. no Language Percentage of developers who voted for it
1 Python 30.00%
2 JavaScript 18.50%
3 Go 17.90%
4 TypeScript 17.00%
5 Rust 14.60%
6 Kotlin 12.60%
7 Java 8.80%
8 C++ 8.60%
9 SQL 8.20%
10 C# 7.30%
11 Swift 6.60%
12 HTML/CSS 6.50%
13 Dart 6.00%
14 R 5.10%
15 Ruby 4.50%
16 C 4.30%
17 Scala 4.20%
18 Haskell 4.20%
19 Bash/Shell/PowerShell 3.90%
20 PHP 3.50%
21 Assembly 2.60%
22 Julia 2.30%
23 Objective-C 1.80%
24 Perl 1.10%
25 VBA 0.70%

For more details on other loved or dreaded frameworks, libraries, databases, and tools, you can refer to the complete Stack Overflow report.

Manisha Priyadarshini

Manisha Priyadarshini

An Editor and a Tech Journalist with a software development background. I am a big fan of technology and memes. At Fossbytes, I cover all aspects of tech but my specific area of interest is Programming and Development.

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