Yet, it seems Java is one of the most used languages.
This web site, http://www.tiobe.com/index.htm?tiobe_index (seems to be in netherlands and uses search engines to calculate the ratings) lists:
1- Java 21%
2- C 18%
3- C++ 10%
I use C++, and although that's x-platform, its usage is Windows specific (COM, ATL, etc). That's because I don't need a Mac/Linux version of my software. IFF I did, I'd have to either
- manage my C++ abstractions more carefull to avoid os dependencies
- use Java
- Dare I say it,
If I had to make some crystal ball 4 year look ahead, I'd say the MS os dominance will increase the use of JIT languages, especially with the runtimes being included in the os (Vista).