target audience: TECH SUPPLIER  Publication date: Mar 2022 - Document type: IDC Survey Spotlight - Doc  Document number: # US48963622

What Are the Most Popular Programming and Development Languages?

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This IDC Survey Spotlight provides data about the usage of a multitude of development and programming languages in 2021. This IDC Survey Spotlight reflects on the continued popularity of languages such as Java, JavaScript, C/C++, and C#, in addition to increasing adoption among languages such as Python and Go. This document also notes how the emerging popularity of Python and Go is related to their clean, easy-to-learn, concise, and easy-to-maintain syntax. The emerging popularity of Python and Go underscores the needs of contemporary developers to rapidly learn and create code using modern syntax that simplifies and democratizes the developer experience. The conjunction of the enduring versatility of Java, the relevance of JavaScript for front-end development, the affinity between C# and desktop and web applications, the synergies between C/C++ and game development and GUI-centric development, the specialization of Python in data analytics and scientific computing, and the relevance of Go for cloud-native development and DevOps means that developers have a wealth of options at their fingertips to develop and modernize digital solutions. Expect languages to continue to evolve in developer-friendly ways that render it easier for developers to write, reuse, and maintain code.


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