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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION

ISSN: 1648-5831 (printed), 2335-8971 (online)

© Vilnius University Institute of Mathematics and Informatics

2015, Vol. 14, No. 2
pp. 143-160

DOI: 10.15388/infedu.2015.09

Programming Language Use in US Academia and Industry

Latifa BEN ARFA RABAI1, Barry COHEN2, Ali MILI2

1Institut Superieur de Gestion, Bardo, 2000, Tunisia
2CCS, NJIT, Newark NJ 07102-1982 USA

Abstract

In the same way that natural languages influence and shape the way we think, programming languages have a profound impact on the way a programmer analyzes a problem and formulates its solution in the form of a program. To the extent that a first programming course is likely to determine the student's approach to program design, program analysis, and programming methodology, the choice of the programming language used in the first programming course is likely to be very important. In this paper, we report on a recent survey we conducted on programming language use in US academic institutions, and discuss the significance of our data by comparison with programming language use in industry.

Keywords:

programming language use, academic institution, academic trends, programming language evolution, programming language adoption.




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