iPhone Coding 'Language' Now 3rd Most Popular in World

Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 11:36 AM

By Katie Lotman

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Objective C, a programming language most known for its use by Apple to create Iphone and Ipad applications, is now the third most popular programming language worldwide, according to a study, reports Wired.

The study, which uses the TIOBE Programming Community index is updated once a month, and measures the popularity of programming languages using popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Amazon to tabulate the ratings.

Although last year Objective-C, the language chosen by Apple in the 1980s as the basis for its two operating systems Mac OS X and iOS, ranked 46th on the list, it is now third, only behind programs C and Java.

The sudden escalation in popularity can be attributed to the rise in popularity of Apple products.

“This is less about Objective-C and more about the success of the Apple ecosystem . . . If it had been another language [on the Apple platform], it would have enjoyed that too,” Nolan Wright of Appcelerator, a company that develops apps, explained.

Despite the surge in popularity of Objective-C, Java is expected to maintain its number one ranking in the TIOBE scale.

Unlike Objective C which is used on “front-end” software, Java is used on servers running “back-end” servers. Java is also used by Google’s Android operating system; the most widely used mobile operating system in the United States.

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