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Isn't the title a bit misleading? According to the chart, Java is the most popular language of the year (and the decade, if you take a look at https://sites.google.com/site/pydatalog/pypl/PyPL-PopularitY...).



First line of the article: "C# had the highest growth in popularity this year (2.3 %), and Python the highest growth this decade (8%)". One of their key metrics to determine popularity is growth.

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> One of their key metrics to determine popularity is growth.

I would think one of the key metrics in determining popularity would be popularity ...

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It is. I'd think that's fairly clear and obvious from the languages they were comparing.

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Wouldn't a language that goes from 0 users to 1 user within this year easily win this sort of measurement?

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They must be taking only established languages. Otherwise Clojure, Scala or Go would probably beat them all in term of growth.

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Not really. The language of year is the one with the largest growth of "popularity share". C# has gone from 8.2% to 10.5% this year, while your presumed language would go from 0% to 0.0000001 % : not a big increase, really.

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Obligatory xkcd http://xkcd.com/1102/

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oblig. Zed shaw

http://zedshaw.com/essays/programmer_stats.html

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I find it hard to believe that some newer, smaller language communities did not have a higher growth rate.

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"One of," not "only."

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Furthermore, the growing of C# seems to be the almost same as C++ in the worldwide trends (not only USA):

http://www.google.com/trends/explore?hl=en-US#q=Java%20tutor...

And also there you can see that India is still the biggest searcher of programming tutorials in the world.

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