I’d like to share with you the results of my fully un-official, absolutely non-representative, and largely subjective survey among a group of computer science students and young professionals about their preferred programming languages.
During the recent Open Day at SAP Hungary event, I held introductory sessions to the participants introducing SAP Labs Hungary and how great working there is. As kind-of an ice-breaker game, I handed out post-it papers and pens and asked people to write down their 3 most preferred programming languages (without any particular order).
I have summarized the results, based on the data coming from 31 young Hungarians. Here’s the chart:
Some quick observations: we had some funny people in the audience (Shakespeare language), some not-so-young people (Cobol, FoxPro, ksh, Rexx) and ABAP came out relatively strongly (this was an SAP-related event after all).
And now the serious stuff: What was not surprising to me seeing these numbers was that Java came out as first, and that C++ and C are still strong. The surprise came when seeing how close 2nd C# was. As I said, this survey was far from being representative, but probably shows well enough that in higher education (at least in Hungary) Microsoft is strong.
Besides these, there are no real conclusions, but I hope you had fun reading this.