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:
- Assembly (9% of the vote)
- Java (8% of the vote)
- BASIC (4% of the vote)
- HTML/CSS (2% of the vote)
- PHP (1% of the vote)