Thursday, January 8, 2015

JavaScript is not an “ugly duckling” anymore!

I always find it fascinating to read about trends in the use of programming languages.

Based on a formula assessing Internet searches on languages, the Tiobe Index named JavaScript its Language of the Year for 2014

 “After all these years, JavaScript has finally become TIOBE's language of the year. It was a close finish. Swift and R appeared to be the main candidates for the title but due to a deep fall of Objective-C this month, a lot of other languages took advantage of this and surpassed these two candidates at the last moment.”  Tiobe said.

TIOBE programming index is “a measure of popularity of programming languages, calculated from number of search engine results for queries containing the name of the language” (TIOBE Programming Community Index Definition"). TIOBE takes into account only Turing complete languages, so some popular languages like HTML or SQL are not present in ranking.
JavaScript has won the award because it had an increase of roughly 1.70 percent of share. "The JavaScript programming language has a long history and is always considered as the 'ugly duckling' from a language design point of view. Nevertheless, JavaScript has become the standard browser language through the years," Tiobe said.

So, is JavaScript the Language of the Future?

Despite being on the 10th ranked programming language in the latest Tiobe Index, JavaScript is the dominant programming language choice for startups (see the growing use of JavaScript on GitHub in recent years – now is the top language.
JavaScript is one of the preferred ways of developing applications for Windows 8's new UI.
They say being able to use the same language on the front end and the back end makes life easier for development teams.

The PyPL (Popularity of Programming Language) index, which analyzes Google searches on language tutorials (the more a specific language tutorial is searched, the more popular the language is assumed to be), named Swift its Language of the Year for 2014.
Swift had a rating of 3 percent for 2014 and ranked ninth on PyPL's index for the month, jumping past two long-established languages: Ruby and Visual Basic.
In the January PyPL index, Java was tops, with a 25.8 percent share, followed by PHP (12.4 percent), Python (11.8 percent), C# (9.9 percent), and C++ (8.7 percent).
Top 10 were C (8.2 percent), JavaScript (7.4 percent), Objective-C (6.7 percent), Swift (3.1 percent), Ruby (2.7 percent), and Visual Basic (2.1 percent).

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