Popularity evolution of programming languages since 2004

Hrishikesh, author for programming languages blog
Hrishikesh Pardeshi
Co-founder, Product & Dev at Flexiple ($700,000 revenue) & Remote Tools.

Since the year 2004, programming languages used by engineers across the globe and their popularity has changed significantly.

Here’s a short motion graphic that shows how some programming languages endured a steep fall from grace, while others shot up in popularity and usage in the past two decades.

Watch till the end to witness some significant change in rankings!



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Key Takeaways

  • Java and Python emerge as the two most popular programming languages given their widespread application
  • Python has gained immense popularity in the recent 4-5 years
  • PHP, on the other hand, has lost its charm during the same period
  • Javascript, not surprisingly, has taken over PHP in the last couple of years
  • Go, Scala and Ruby continue to have niche adoption