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14 August 2009, 09:48

Open Source Programming Languages surveyed

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Language share graph
Gain/Loss of Share - Last 12 months vs all releases
Source: Black Duck Software
Black Duck has analysed its database of 200,000 open source programs to see which programming languages are most popular. The database is used by the company as part of their compliance and license management services. The analysis of all open source projects shows a clear dominance of C, with 40.9 per cent, followed by C++ at 14 per cent and Java at 10.9 per cent. They are followed by shell scripts, JavaScript, Python, SQL, C# and assembler.

Comparing the results for all projects with projects released in the last 12 months shows a similar picture, but slight trends can be seen. C, C++ and Java have lost around 0.6 to 0.7 per cent while JavaScript has risen by 2 per cent taking it to 7.6 per cent. Also rising are SQL (up by 1.1 per cent), PHP (0.3) and Ruby (0.2). Declining in the ranks are shell scripts (down by 1.9 per cent) and Perl (0.8).


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