Code and discussion combined
RedMonk’s rankings are based on data from Stack Overflow and GitHub. According to RedMonk’s analyst, Steve O’Grady, the aim is to tell a story that takes into account both code data from GitHub and discussion from Stack Overflow.
Python also becomes the first non-Java scripting language to rank in the top two all by itself. It’s a great achievement that would have been considered far-fetched, not too long ago. O’Grady thinks that, even though Java is dropping in the rankings, it should not be dismissed.
Rust breaks the top 20
Meanwhile, the Mozilla-developed language Rust has finally broken into the top 20 rankings after five years since its introduction. It peaked at number 18 on Tiobe’s version of the rankings.
Other languages that are increasingly gaining popularity include;
- Kotlin, the Google-endorsed script for android apps.
- R statistical programming language
- TypeScript (backed by Microsoft)
- Swift (backed by Apple)
The complete list:
Who will rank higher next time? We’ll let you know as soon as the reports come out.