IEEE Spectrum has published its fourth annual ranking of of top programming languages, and the R language is again featured in the Top 10. This year R ranks at #6, down a spot from its 2016 ranking (and with an IEEE score — derived from search, social media, and job listing trends — tied with the #5 place-getter, C#). Python has taken the #1 slot from C, jumping from its #3 ranking in 2016.
For R (a domain specific language for data science) to rank in the top 10, and for Python (a general-purpose language with many data science applications) to take the top spot, may seem like a surprise. I attribute this to continued broad demand for machine intelligence application development, driven by the growth of "big data" initiatives and the strategic imperative to capitalize on these data stores by companies wordwide. Other data-oriented languages appear in the Top 50 rankings, including Matlab (#15), SQL (#23), Julia (#31) and SAS (#37).
For the complete announcement of the 2017 IEEE Spectrum rankings, including additional commentary and analysis of changes, follow the link below.
IEEE Spectrum: The 2017 Top Programming Languages