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Top 10 Programming Languages

Spectrum’s 2014 Ranking

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Top 10 Programming Languages

Editors Note: This is the free sneak peak that accompanies the 2014 Top Programming Languages interactive app. For this year’s top 10 programming languages, head on over to this year’s sneak peek, or just jump directly to the full interactive app. The app lets you customize the rankings to meet your own needs, whether you are looking for a job, wondering what are the hot languages for mobile development, or want to see what’s trending in open source.

Working with computational journalist Nick Diakopoulos, IEEE Spectrum has weighted and combined 12 metrics from 10 sources (including IEEE Xplore, Google, and GitHub) to rank the most popular programming languages. If you don’t agree with our weighting, want to see more languages, or are interested in what’s dominant in a specific subsector, such as mobile, go to our online interactive version. There you can adjust the weight of each metric and create your own custom ranking.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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