Head of Community, element14
Survey: C/C++ Preferred Language among EEs
April 7th, 2014 by Dianne Kibbey
Everyone loves a good language war. I am, of course, talking about programming languages. Despite the myriad of programming languages available in the modern electronics industry today, C and C++, first developed in the 1970s and 1980s, are still viewed as the most important starting points for engineers.
element14, an online community of more than 220,000 design engineers and hobbyists, recently conducted a survey of preferred programming languages and more than 100 respondents submitted their answers. About 54% of those surveyed deemed C/C++ the most important, with Python as the second most popular choice garnering 18% of the vote.
The remaining languages scored as follows:
The following graph depicts a summary of the results:
Learning code is fast becoming a hot-topic, with many countries now including it as a key part of their school curriculums. Devices like the Beaglebone Black, Raspberry Pi and RIoTboard have only further accelerated that interest.
This poll was the first in a series that will take place at the element14 Community, highlighting the real views of electronics engineers. The next poll is now live and asks which technology will be most important over the next two years: graphene, the Internet of Things and sensors, nanotechnology, 3D printing and scanning, wearable technology or virtual reality eyewear.
The discussion doesn’t stop here. Roughly 4% of voters indicated “other” in our language survey. What is your preferred programming language? Tell us at element14.com.
2 Responses to “Survey: C/C++ Preferred Language among EEs”