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How popular is Delphi?

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Tiobe has published today a new Index of April of all languages.
C (not C++) is number one.
Delphi is growing and jump from #11 to #9 and Delphi is now under the top 10 🙂

Very interesting my second favorite language Objective C (Apple’s Language for developing on iPhone and iPad) and is the biggest winner and jump from Postion 42 to 11.

Tiobe is grouping different dialects behind a name:

Delphi :=

Grouping: Delphi, Kylix, Object Pascal, Free Pascal, Chrome (Exception: “Google”), Oxygene, Delphi.NET, Delphi Prism

See more a Tiobe WebPage

and here you can find the Grouping/Definition of a language

Delphi is a very popular language and there are many developers in the world with successfully applications and cool code.

Let’s think Delphi 🙂

regards daniel (magin)


April 7, 2010 - Posted by | Embarcadero (CodeGear) stuff


  1. Don’t forget that the #11 to #9 and #42 to #11 is the difference from April last year, Delphi has been hovering around the 9/10 mark for about the past 9 months.

    Comment by Jamie | April 7, 2010 | Reply

    • yepp you are right 😉

      Comment by dmagin | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. this doesn’t mean nothing. Big companies are moving to other languages, and the if google for delphi jobs you’ll how popular delphi is! Maybe Embarcadero shoud think about this, when they’re selling their products at astronomical prices!!!
    PS: I’m a delphi developer, and i hope some day, the guys at Embarcadero will think, and do something with the RAD, and re-gain all the people who left on other languages

    Comment by radu | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. And strange to see that there is a separate entry for Pascal.

    Comment by Birger Jansen | April 7, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m not sure if we want to read those programs even if we could;-). There exist lots of Pascal implementations e.g. on DEC VAX or Turbo Pascal Code in the area of systems automation (production execution systems).

      Comment by Michael | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  4. @Delphi: Yes …
    @Objective-C: Interesting … also in my area … people sit down and write software for Apple devcies … I would have expected a lot in Austria but not this …


    Comment by Michael | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  5. Looks good…

    Comment by Michael | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  6. yoho 🙂 i love delphi

    Comment by mohammaddesign | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. Interestingly, I have been in touch over the last few weeks about porting two different and successful applications from Delphi 7 to … well a year ago it would have been .NET and now I am hearing From D7 to D2010 as people are starting to take notice of the last few years tremendous efforts made by Codegear and then Embarcadero. Where I live (UK & France) Delphi is not a rude word anymore I am also trying to convert a small software house from VB to delphi and so far they like what they see

    Just my 2 cents

    Comment by Didier | April 7, 2010 | Reply

    • You are not the only one that made this experience. I saw companies come back after 2 years of .net development. They thought Winforms would be evolved but for sure not this way:-). I think everyone has it 2 cents.

      It simply does not pay to switch to other technologies for desktop apps on windows … this counts for all prooven path in this area. You are right image is better now …

      Comment by Michael | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  8. I don’t trust this weird index. In my opinion Stackoverflow stats are more realistic. 4000 Delphi questions vs. 73000 C#, 11000 RubyOnRails, etc…

    Comment by arni | April 7, 2010 | Reply

    • yes and no, many delphi questions run over forums. in germany for example is a big forum with over 10K users and in other countries also. delphi developers handle a lot of over delphi forums. but thanks for your infos


      Comment by dmagin | April 7, 2010 | Reply

      • Yes … and Delphi developers still don’t use the “new” medias a lot.

        Comment by Michael | April 7, 2010

    • I used to hang out there quite a bit too. But I had to move to greener pastures (C++/C#), as there are almost no Delphi jobs available around here (Salzburg, Austria). Codegear needs to make that darn thing cheaper, else there won’t be many developers left in a couple years.

      Comment by arni | April 8, 2010 | Reply

  9. In the first line, “Tibeo” should read “Tiobe.”

    Comment by Pete R. | April 7, 2010 | Reply

    • ups thanks Pete 🙂 it is fixed now 🙂

      Comment by dmagin | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  10. As for statistic, this poll is not so good , if you check the history of delphi you see that in Jan 2004 it was .7 %
    The lowest from 2001
    and 6 month later it changed to 5.86 %

    i realy do not think you can depend on this….

    Comment by Yaron | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  11. But:
    C changed by +2.59% while Delphi has a total of 2.715%

    So what are we really talking about here? Does it have any significance?

    Comment by Thomas Mueller | April 7, 2010 | Reply

    • No significance … but nice anyway;-). When you look at the graph you see people liked Delphi in 2005 and 2006 a little more … I have my doubts…

      Comment by Michael | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  12. Delphi has been in and out of the TIOBE top 10 over the past 2 years. The last time it re-emerged into the top 10 it was taken as a good omen, but it quickly dropped back out again. It has a TIOBE index that puts it in a group of languages that ebbs and flows.

    If it had been stable in the top 10 over that period after languishing outside then something might be taken from that, but as it is there’s really not much to be taken from TIOBE w.r.t Delphi as yet.

    Comment by Jolyon Smith | April 7, 2010 | Reply

  13. Future 2012..2015 years Delphi with:
    new UML +
    new Object DB +
    new 64compiler
    #4…#6 !!!

    Comment by Aleksandr Mikhajlenko | April 8, 2010 | Reply

  14. to grow new markets are needed: win32 is shrinking while mac, linux and especially mobile is expanding.
    no one spends dollars for IDE and long term projects are based on open source, almost.
    would be more interesting to see the growth of FreePascal, which has much clearer ideas and seems a safer investment.

    Comment by devsmt | April 8, 2010 | Reply

    • yepp and the delphi team have in the roadmap a mac and linux compiler. win64 is also in the pipeline. so we are all in the delphi train to run applications with one ide to different frameworks.


      Comment by dmagin | April 8, 2010 | Reply

  15. @devsmt: “Win32 is shrinking” ? Where did you pull this assertion from ? Yes, Mac, Linux and mobile are growing, but that is not always or necessarily at the expense of Win32. I suggest that more “shrinkage” in Win32 – to the extent that there is any – is laid at the feet of Win64 than any mobile devices, for example.

    Yet Win64 support was given a back seat to the Mac and Linux pipe dreams by Emborcaderogearprise, which leads me to…


    In the previous “roadmap” we had a fairly firm expectation set for delivery of Win64 in “Commodore”, the release that was to be Delphi 2010.

    The value of Emborcarderoprisegear’s roadmaps as an indication of what to expect and when is pretty much zero.

    If we are indeed on a train we might just as well be heading for a train wreck as any useful destination.

    Comment by Jolyon Smith | April 8, 2010 | Reply

  16. If you want to see Delphi grow on the Tiobe ranking, you need to add the words “Delphi programming” to the pages of your Internet site.

    I am pretty sure that there are a lot of Delphi presence on the Internet that are not yet being counted into the Tiobe ranking.

    Doei RIF

    Comment by Rif | April 9, 2010 | Reply

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