The programming languages Kotlin and C seem to be the only candidates to become programming language of the year 2017. TIOBE will announce the winner of this award next month. Thanks to the boost of small software devices and the increase of low level software in the automotive industry, the C programming language gained a lot of popularity in 2017. C is one of the oldest programming languages alive. Its main competitor for the award, Kotlin, is relatively new. It was released in 2011 by JetBrains. Kotlin is a language that can run on a Java VM and has become popular because it has been accepted as an official Android language.
The TIOBE Programming Community index is an indicator of the popularity of programming languages. The index is updated once a month. 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. It is important to note that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming language or the language in which most lines of code have been written.
The index can be used to check whether your programming skills are still up to date or to make a strategic decision about what programming language should be adopted when starting to build a new software system.
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