Thread: Why has C decreased so much in popularity since November 2015?

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    Why has C decreased so much in popularity since November 2015?


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    Well... it's complicated. I could list many possible reasons why programmers could be walking away from C but are you sure this isn't some bias or statistical error of the website doing those measurements?
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    The big 3 all took a hit, and I notice that the sum of all the deltas is -5.44% in a total that only adds up to 70%.

    I just don't buy that everyone abandons the top 3 languages in concert, especially when there is no apparent 'new' replacement.

    Languages #21 to #50 account for a further 20%.

    Who knows, but I'm suspicious of methodology changes / data collection changes.

    Read their FAQ
    Q: What happened to Java in April 2004? Did you change your methodology?

    A: No, we did not change our methodology at that time. Google changed its methodology. They performed a general sweep action to get rid of all kinds of web sites that had been pushed up. As a consequence, there was a huge drop for languages such as Java and C++. In order to minimize such fluctuations in the future, we added two more search engines (MSN and Yahoo) a few months after this incident.
    I smell the same thing happening again.
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