IEEE Spectrum has produced its interactive rankings of programming languages for 2016. This year C comes top of the overall list - which you may find somewhat surprising.
If you haven't come across this interactive and customisable tool before it's fun to use as well as controversial. In all it covers 48 languages used by four types of developers - Web, Mobile, Enterprise and Embedded.
We were already perturbed by last year's IEEE ranking when Mike James noted that some of its revelations were difficult to fathom, asking:
This bias isn't due to the source of the data, which comes from a variety of sources used by other language rankings, such as the Tiobe index and sites that report on the popularity of languages for Jobs and in Open source. The bias is introduced into the weight of each data source and this is where the ranking becomes interactive - you can change the mix.
In addition to the IEEE Spectrum default, premade weightings are available for Trending, Jobs and Open but the fun comes in creating your own Custom weighting.
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