Organization IEEE has done very good job of gathering lot of data combining 12 metrics from 10 sources about popularity of different programming languages. They have taken data from git-hub and job advertisements etc. Rankings are weighted based on different viewpoints. You can take a look on these popularity charts from employee point of view or maybe from student perspective who wonders what programming language choose for more deeper investigation.
|Programming language ranking top 2014.|
Top three are Java, C and C++ on almost all of ranking types. I am happy with these results although I have never coded in Java. But I know C and little bit of C++ and I am permanently trying to improve my knowledge in both of these programming languages. It is little bit strange that Visual Basic is on such a high place. That could probably be of lot of leagacy code or maybe there also is included Visual Basic for Applications. And old dinosaur Delphi is in relatively low position. I have warm memories to Delphi because I did my first real graphical interface application for Windows with this IDE during university.
More information about ranking you can read here at IEEE Spectrum site.