POLL and DISCUSSION: Predict TIOBE Programming Language of Year 2019


Let’s crowdsource our combined wisdom as Codecademy users to predict TIOBE’s next programming language of the year. For 2018, the distinction went to Python, based on its gaining the most ranking points during the year 2018 in terms of percentage share of popularity as compared to all other programming languages. For details on how the ratings are performed, see the TIOBE Index page.

TIOBE’s programming language of the year for 2019 will be announced during the early days of January, 2020. On January 1, 2020, we’ll end the polling here, and announce TIOBE’s determination as soon as that information becomes available. Below are the TIOBE Index statistics for January, 2019 that will serve as the basis of comparison to the statistics for January, 2020 for the purpose of making the determination. At that time, the programming language of the year for 2019 will be the one with the highest number in the Change column on the right side of the table, which represents the amount of change that has occurred in the Ratings column for each language over the past twelve months. Note that in January, 2019, Python ranked highest in the Change column with +3.62%.

Jan 2019 Jan 2018 Change Programming Language Ratings Change
1 1 Java 16.904% +2.69%
2 2 C 13.337% +2.30%
3 4 ^ Python 8.294% +3.62%
4 3 v C++ 8.158% +2.55%
5 7 ^ Visual Basic .NET 6.459% +3.20%
6 6 JavaScript 3.302% -0.16%
7 5 v C# 3.284% -0.47%
8 9 ^ PHP 2.680% +0.15%
9 - ^^ SQL 2.277% +2.28%
10 16 ^^ Objective-C 1.781% -0.08%
11 18 ^^ MATLAB 1.502% -0.15%
12 8 vv R 1.331% -1.22%
13 10 v Perl 1.225% -1.19%
14 15 ^ Assembly language 1.196% -0.86%
15 12 v Swift 1.187% -1.19%
16 19 ^ Go 1.115% -0.45%
17 13 vv Delphi/Object Pascal 1.100% -1.28%
18 11 vv Ruby 1.097% -1.31%
19 20 ^ PL/SQL 1.074% -0.35%
20 14 vv Visual Basic 1.029% -1.28%

After you have visited the TIOBE Index page, have examined the programming language popularity trends, and have given the topic some careful consideration, feel free to vote and engage in this discussion. We would be interested in knowing what language you predict will receive the distinction for 2019, and how you arrived at that conclusion.

Vote below for the language that you predict will be the TIOBE programming language of the year for 2019.

  • Java
  • C
  • Python
  • C++
  • Visual Basic .NET
  • JavaScript
  • C#
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Objective-C
  • R
  • Perl
  • Assembly Language
  • Swift
  • Go
  • Delphi/Object Pascal
  • Ruby
  • PL/SQL
  • Other (a language not listed here)

0 voters

EDITED on January 23, 2019 to insert the table of TIOBE Index statistics for January, 2019

Python is TIOBE's programming language of the year 2018

I chose Python. Python has always been popular. Soon however in a few years, Kotlin would get to the top I am predicting.


I see python a lot around the internet.
It has made many great things, I think it should win.


Yes. I would agree. According to sites on Google its third with JS and Java beating it.


Python is still a dominator, so I voted it. Until a improved language similar comes out, Python would remain at the top. Its high on most popular on most sites likes @trevorhodges. But I found one with 1st, and one in 5th. Rest were 3rd place.


Just curious, would the language who wins get a special something or just popularity?

(Python rules!)


Yes, Python for sure would win.


How about scratch?
That is a programming language and MANY kids use it.


Yes, a language used by millions of people. Its a possibility though not really used much professionally in jobs.


Python would probably win.


I’m gonna go to my first interview and put on my resume that I made a game in Scratch…

Nailed it. (Scratch would be the most enjoyable language to use in my opinion :wink:)


(no response to that)


probably javascript beacause every developer needs it.And also its for front end to backend development.


Its by popularity, not most necessary language.


Yes, let’s keep in mind that via this poll, we are attempting to predict which programming language will increase in popularity by the largest percentage within the TIOBE Index during the year 2019. In early January, 2020, TIOBE will make the determination and subsequent announcement by comparing its January, 2019 statistics to its January, 2020 statistics.