Watching programming language popularity is one of my hobbies. The TIOBE index Nov 2014, shows some interesting trends. Let us take a look.
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This para from the TIOBE is worth noting.
Thanks to the big data hype, computational statistics is gaining attention nowadays. The TIOBE index lists various of these statistical programming languages available, e.g. Julia (position #126), LabView (#63), Mathematica (#80), MATLAB (#24), S (#84), SAS (#21), SPSS (#104) and Stata (#110). Most of these languages are getting more popular every month. The clear winner of the pack is the open source programming language R. This month it jumped to position 12, while being at position 15 last month.
- The top 7 languages (from a year ago) retain their spots, but all of them drop a bit in popularity.
- Dart, a programming language from Google, jumps into Top 20 from a previous rank of #81. Dart is language for building web and cloud apps.
- Swift comes from nowhere and enters #18 spot. Swift is a new programming language from Apple for iOS and OS X.
- Perl and Visual Basic.NET stay in Top 10. It will be interesting to watch their moves.
- F# keeps moving up (from #23 to #16)
- Watch the Top 50 languages (#21-#50). Some of them are leading indicators to future of computing.
- To see potential new entrants into Top 20, you may want to watch the other languages in Top 50 in the TIOBE site.
- I expected Scala to be in this list but for some reason, I don’t see it. I think it will soon move up into the Top 20 list.
- Three SQL dialects are still in Top 20. I am not surprised by that since SQL is still one of the most popular languages for database programming.
- I keep hearing a lot about Julia. I will be watching it with interest.
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