Interactive: The Top Programming Languages 2018

Find the programming languages that are most important to you

This app ranks the popularity of dozens of programming languages. You can filter them by excluding sectors that aren't relevant to you, such as “Web” or “Embedded.” (Which sectors a language can be found listed in is based on typical use patterns we've seen in the wild.) Rankings are created by weighting and combining 11 metrics from 9 sources. We have one less source this year, as the Dice job site shut down its API. However, the Dice metric is still available for previous years’ data. (Read more about our method and sources).

The default set of weights produces our IEEE Spectrum ranking—but there are preset weights for those more interested in what’s trending or most looked for by employers. Don’t like the presets? Create your own ranking by adjusting the weights yourself. To compare with a previous year’s data, click “Add a Comparison” and then click “Edit Ranking,” which will give you the option to compare with data from 2014 to 2017.

This app was originally developed in collaboration with IEEE Spectrum by data journalist Nick Diakopoulous.