- Top 4 languages are going down (Java, C, C++, C#)
- Delphi is now significantly more than 50% the size of Microsoft C#
- R is going up, fast
Will Delphi overtake C# and Microsoft .net? Maybe - Delphi works on mobile phones, but Microsoft .net doesn't.
My personal opinion is, that you should pick the development framework that suits your needs, with regard to productivity, legal issues, tool-supplier support, longevity expectations, deployment options etc.
Microsoft .NET development tools and languages can indeed be used to develop for mobile phones (Xamarin), and .NET native is gaining steam. Microsoft is a large company which has proven it's abilities since Balmer left. IMHO, Delphi will never be as big as C# unless Embarcadero gets their QA department in order and drops it's prices. EMBT hasn't the resources do to make it happen. Delphi is a great language, it just needs more comprehensive libraries, and some refinement due to it's age.
Yes, according to Tiobe it's also time to refresh your Visual Basic skills. It looks Tiobe boosts results of languages beginners look for. Believe me, Delphi is still used among many people (especially in some less rich areas) who are getting older version (I mean really old - often Delphi 7, because the availability of wharez downloads) to cobble together some software (often for a school project, but sometimes nasty ones).
None of them are going to spend thousands of dollars for a license, nor they're going to work in a company using Delphi. They are mostly students/hobbyists who aren't going to pay for software and need a lot of Internet perusing to write each line of code.
And that's what Tiobe sums up...
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