language shifting in tiobe
Sun, Jun 20, 2010
Having a quick look at the June 2010 TIOBE index, it’s good to see the languages I use are top of the bunch, Java, C, C++ and PHP, with the fairly new addition to my portfolio, C#, moving up the list into sixth place, just below VisualBasic. The even newer addition to my portfolio, Objective-C, has jumped up to number 9, from 45 last year. So it’s nice to see my portfolio of languages are all in the top ten.
Bizarrely, Perl is up a place since last year. No idea why as it’s a language I stopped using a long time ago and PowerShell is making a strong appearance, up 7 places to reach the top 20.
So it looks like 2010 might be the year of Objective-C as the fastest rising language. If we look at the list of rising stars, since 2003, C++, PHP and Java have won that accolade and all have sustained their popularity, staying in the top 10. Then Ruby and Python, which are both declining. C in 2008 rose sharply and is still in the top 10 but last year’s star, Go has dropped to 21. So just under 50% of rising stars stick around in the top 10. Almost seems like a 50:50 chance of the next new language either being a hit, or a fad. We’ll just have to wait and see what Objective-C does over the next year.