Is Java losing its Popularity?

2013-02-15

While Oracle has been struggling with managing swift ups and down of Java security vulnerabilities, other prominent developers seem to be slackening off and enjoying the ride. Reportedly, some recent technological trends have now divulged the fall of Java popularity among its developers worldwide. Although the programming language did receive a few significant upgrades to improve the performance and security, Java’s popularity has deteriorated based on the latest monthly assessment conducted by Tiobe Software.

In fact, the month of April had witnessed Java from being removed and displaced from the top of the chart by the popular C language – although for the very first time in the span of six years. While C language is not number one as yet, it certainly seems to be growing better with time and transcending Java in various ways.

As revealed by the recent Tiobe Software Index, Java has swung really down since its official purchase by Oracle in the year 2009 and happens to showcase a decade-long downward trend on the whole. However, its noticeable and unexpected drop in 2004 could be attributed to Google – as the major search engine altered many of its algorithms. Although Paul Jansen, the managing director of Tiobe Software, believes the sudden drop in 2004 was less dramatic, but it surely did the damage and induced an unfortunate decline in the long-term.

However to contradict the decline in Java’s popularity and growth, Java has some supporters too – who do not really agree with Tiobe Software. Some indexes of programming languages, on the other hand, believe that Java has continued to sustain its popularity and growth for the past eight years. In fact, the new Popularity of Programming Language index recently revealed a deeper, more inclusive comparison of programming languages by considering the number of searches instead of the number of existing pages.

To aggrandize the credibility of the results, Popularity of Programming Language index also took into the account the use of term ‘tutorial’ instead of ‘programming’. And as a result, PYPL concluded that Oracle’s Java has maintained its popularity and growth on a consistent basis for the last eight years.

In fact furthermore, Stephen O’Grady of analysts RedMonk also carries the same notion and believes in Java’s unshaken popularity. The data, which was conducted by Stephen, reveals that Java secured the number two place in programming languages in the world – but behind JavaScript and not C language. On the contrary, Tiobe index lists JavaScript at tenth place.

Well whatever the tidbits might be swirling around, Oracle certainly seems to be prepping up for a strong comeback. With Java 8 and other significant releases this year, we can surely look forward to this year and figure out if it’s still going strong on the popularity chart. Let’s just wait and watch!