The TIOBE Programming Community Index for May 2013, the latest update available, shows that the language used for iOS application development regained its position among the top three coding languages in May, InfoWorld reports.
According to the news source, the code, known as Objective-C, lost its third-place ranking in April, but has since climbed back as demand for iPhone and iPad app development rises. Objective-C came in just behind C and Java on the index, with C notching the highest popularity levels. In May, about 18.729 percent of searches have been for C skills, while 16.914 percent were for Java. Objective-C made up 10.428 percent of skills searches. C++ fell from the top-three ranking, garnering 9.198 percent of searches.
In the previous listing, C++ held the number three spot with 9.714 percent of searches. According to the official release from Tiobe, C++'s slight fall in popularity came as demand shifted toward Samsung products last month, as opposed to heavy demand for Apple devices.
"Yes, such swaps can happen," said Paul Jansen, Tiobe managing director. "However, I still think that the peak of 11 percent at the end of 2012 will remain Objective-C's top for a long time. The main reason is the relatively declining popularity of the iPhone. As long as Objective-C's only main platform is iOS, its popularity will be vulnerable to such changes that have nothing to do with the programming language itself."
The index is compiled every month by factoring in the level of skilled software engineering professionals, courses available and third-party vendors that are focusing on any one language. The system uses the most popular search engines, including Google, Bing and Yahoo, to collect the data.
Another key takeaway from the May report is that the language of Delphi/Object Pascal may be headed for obsolescence. According to the report, Delphi once was regarded as the future of computer language, as it was crucial for improving the speed at which developers could create applications. It was also a favorite among software developers for its ability to make projects more scalable and maintainable. In its heyday, Delphi's only competition was the now-inadequate Visual Basic of Microsoft. Today, the language is going head-to-head with wildly successful Visual Studio.
"As a result they have to fight against the fierce competition of Microsoft's Visual Studio," the report stated. "A battle that inevitably has been lost."