C programming language rises with COVID-19

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For the first time since March 2015, the C programming language this month supplanted Java as the most-popular language in the Tiobe Index of programming language popularity. Tiobe guessed that the COVID-19 pandemic might be behind C’s rise.

While acknowledging that the pandemic may be just one of many reasons, Tiobe said some languages could see an uptick because of the virus. C and C++ are gaining popularity because they are used in medical devices, while Python and R, which are used in data science, are benefitting from their use in searching for an antidote to the virus.

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