Google’s Go was named programming language of the year (2016) by TIOBE, recognizing the language with the highest growth on a 12 month period. There were plenty of changes to go around, including a very good one for Perl, who came in third, after Dart, another Google language. The listing is based on the languages growth on a year by year basis.
Go gained 2.16% points from a year ago, with a rating of 2.325 percent coming on top for a second time, it also took the crown in 2009, just two years after it was released. It was ranked 13th this month from 54th in January 2016, while Dart (+0.95%) is at 17th this month from the 26th in January 2016, while Perl (+0.91%) is currently at number 8, up from number 11 last January. We covered its breakthrough in the top 10 last April.
As a reminder TIOBE rankings are based on popularity related to searches on languages in popular search engines such as Google, Bing, and Wikipedia so these results should taken as a guideline. TIOBE doesn’t rank the best or the most used programming languages in terms of lines of code, it’s more of a direction to show the level of interest in certain languages.