C language nosedives in Tiobe popularity index

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C has seen its better days when it comes to language popularity, based on Tiobe’s language index.

Once regularly placing at the top of that index, which gauges language popularity using a formula assessing searches on languages in popular search engines, the venerable language still is in second place behind Java. But it has sunk to a new low.

“The C programming language has a score of 11.303 percent, which is its lowest score ever since we started the Tiobe index back in 2001,” a report accompanying the August index said. “One of the main reasons for this drop is that C is hardly suitable for the booming fields of Web and mobile app development. Moreover the C programming language doesn’t evolve like the other big languages, such as Java, C++, and C#.”

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