Most Popular Programming Language of Aeronautical Graduates

Inspired by the last post Popularity of programming languages,  I wanted to do my own survey on what language aeronautical graduates of India are coding in.

Luckily i am part of a ongoing campus activity for aeronautical graduates, which gave me access to some data.

So here’s the result.


The sample size was 186.


C is the clear winner with 73% of the respondents using it, while java, which was the first  in the Popularity of programming languages survey, was used by 3% of the respondents.

Since majority of the specialization was avionics domain, so the bias towards c is understandable.

Was surprised that just 22% have used Fortran, considering 90% of Aerospace/Aeronautical/Engineering code is in that language.

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13 thoughts on “Most Popular Programming Language of Aeronautical Graduates

  1. Ender February 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm Reply

    Sukhbinder – A lot of aerospace engineers work in the systems engineering side – control systems, displays, other embedded systems, etc. In those areas, C is king. Some use C++. Aero / Fluid / thermal is still ruled by FORTRAN.

    • sukhbinder February 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm Reply

      True. As pointed in the post, the major specialization in my sample was biased towards avionics and control system domain. Yes fortran still rules as I see in my industry!

  2. Aaditya Shrivastava March 2, 2012 at 1:19 am Reply

    Hello Sir,I need c,c++,FORTRAN software for Windows 7 64 bit ,can u please suggest me that from which website i should download them?

    • sukhbinder March 2, 2012 at 6:42 am Reply

      Aaditya, silverfrost fortran compiler with IDE, gfortran and visual studio express edition. Use these keywords in google and you will get your required softwares. Cheers.

      • Aaditya Shrivastava March 3, 2012 at 12:10 am

        Thanks a lot Sir.I think without practice its not possible to understand any language thats why i needed all of them but after reading Mr.Ender and your conversation i understand that why Aesi enter those languages in our syllabus .

  3. kuldeep March 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm Reply

    hi sir ,when i try to run any program in C language,using borland’s turbo C++,,it shows copilation successful on compiling but while running the programme it shows only a blank black screen nd do not display any line that was programmed..i’m using win xp professional sp2. plz help me fixing the problem..thaks

    • sukhbinder March 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm Reply

      Debugging is essential element of programming. Keep at it. You will soon find the little mistake.😉 good luck.

      • kuldeep March 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        ya i got it ,,.

      • kuldeep March 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        sir plz tell about some simple softwares available that are
        helpful in understanding our subject AIRCRAFT DESIGN..
        i want to make some designs that we get taught in the class

  4. kuldeep March 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply

    i’m a AeSI student in GIE ,chennai,,i think Most Popular Programming Language amoung the student of gie is “C” . almost all the friends of mine who r learning programming ,they r with C

  5. Kamal Bharakhda March 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm Reply

    Thank you sir for your information….

  6. David @ laser distance meters March 16, 2012 at 2:52 am Reply

    What about the G language? Yes, you heard this right. *G*!

    • sukhbinder March 16, 2012 at 6:21 am Reply

      Yes have heard about G but is it the language for aero or scientific application.

      Julia is one new language, that is essentially developed for scientific community.

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