In this month's update to the Tiobe index of programming language popularity, Java, C and C++ are still the three most popular languages, but their ratings are down from last year. Java has decreased 4.47 percentage points, C lost 7.15 percent and C++ fell 1.48 percent. "I expect the big drop for C and Java to continue because there's hardly any dominance anymore in the programming field," Paul Jansen, managing director at Tiobe, said. "So the small languages are coming closer and closer to the top." However, Janssen expects C++ to remain fairly popular because many developers are transitioning from C to C++.
Elsewhere on the list, Go, Swift and Scratch had big gains.