Assembly Language re-enters TIOBE index Top 10


Indicator of programming languages popularity TIOBE Programming Community index which updates every month, announced this July that Assembly Language has re-entered the TIOBE index Top 10. According to TIOBE it is a surprise that a language like Assembly Language, which is one of the languages that has had the lowest level a programming language can have, has re-entered TIOBE index top 10 again this July 2016.

“Why would anyone write code at such a low level, being far less productive if compared to using any other programming language and being vulnerable to all kinds of programming mistakes? The only reasonable explanation for this is that the number of very small devices that are only able to run assembly code is increasing. Even your tooth brush or coffee machine are running assembly code nowadays. Another reason for adoption is performance. If performance is key, nobody can beat assembly code,” according to  software quality company TIOBE.

Other programming languages besides Assembly language that have an increased popularity this month are Tcl which moved from the 65th position to the 48th, CFML (ColdFusion) which jumped from the 102nd position to the 66th, and Maple which this July moved 20 positions higher ranking the 74th.

TIOBE June 2016 Headline: The Long Tail of Programming Languages announced that “for the first time in the history of the TIOBE index a language needs to have a rating of more than 1.0% to be part of the top 20.”

“This indicates that the number of real market leaders is going down. The set of languages to chose from is getting bigger and more and more less well-known programming languages are being adopted. About 10 years ago, the first 8 language covered 80% of the market, now this is reduced to 55%. This phenomenon is also called the long tail, a term that has been popularized by Chris Anderson of Wired in 2004,” according to TIOBE.

TIOBE June Index showed that Java continues to be on the top followed by C, C++, and Python in the fourth place which recorded its Highest Position since 2001. Compared to other programming languages, Java has managed to increase its popularity the most during the year we left behind and managed to win TIOBE's Programming Language of 2015.

With a 5, 94% increase, Java was followed by Visual Basic.NET which had a 1.51% increase during the last year, and Python, the popularity of which rose up by 1.24%. During the second half of 2015, Java was doing really great on the TIOBE index, hitting the 20% bar in November 2015, a percentage that was last reached by Java in July 2009.


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