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Languages of the year: 1972 - 2022

Languages of the year: 1972 - 2022

by Breck Yunits

July 21, 2022 — 1995 was an exceptional year for programming languages: Java, Javascript, PHP and Ruby were all created in 1995. I was curious what the top language was for each of the past 50 years.

Data used in this post:

id title appeared rank also
c C⁺² 1972 3 Prolog Smalltalk
ml ML 1973 156
sql SQL 1974 8
yacc Yacc 1975 137
sas SAS 1976 31
awk awk 1977 72
tex Tex 1978 88
rexx Rexx 1979 101
ada Ada 1980 44
nial Nial 1981 389
postscript PostScript 1982 75
vhdl VHDL 1983 96
matlab MATLAB⁺¹ 1984 15 Objective-C
cpp C++⁺¹ 1985 7 ARM
postgresql PostgreSQL⁺¹ 1986 33 Erlang
perl Perl 1987 13
mathematica Mathematica⁺¹ 1988 39 Tcl
bash Bash 1989 56
haskell Haskell 1990 23
python Python⁺² 1991 5 HTML Visual Basic
dylan Dylan 1992 104
r R⁺¹ 1993 12 Lua
racket Racket 1994 60
java Java⁺⁴ 1995 1 JavaScript PHP Ruby MySQL
xml XML⁺² 1996 10 CSS OCaml
rebol REBOL 1997 106
actionscript ActionScript 1998 151
tls TLS 1999 112
csharp C# 2000 16
json JSON 2001 22
scratch Scratch 2002 141
groovy Groovy 2003 51
scala Scala 2004 18
f-sharp F# 2005 55
powershell PowerShell 2006 41
clojure Clojure 2007 32
nim Nim 2008 70
go Go 2009 14
rust Rust 2010 27
kotlin Kotlin⁺¹ 2011 43 Elixir
typescript TypeScript⁺¹ 2012 34 Julia
purescript PureScript 2013 132
swift Swift 2014 19
zig Zig 2015 138
reason Reason 2016 103
mdx MDX 2017 360
deno Deno 2018 272
v V 2019 165
bicep Bicep 2020 616
nimskull Nimskull 2021 2034

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