Apple’s Swift exploded in popularity in 2014, Javascript still top language overall

Apple’s Swift exploded in popularity in 2014, Javascript still top language overall

Redmonk’s programming language rankings for 2015 are out and show a huge growth in popularity for Apple’s new Swift development language.

According to the results, Swift went from the 68th most popular language last quarter (when it launched) to the 22nd, a jump of 46 spots which is “unprecedented in the history of these rankings.”

F**k it, we'll do it live!

Our biggest ever edition of TNW Conference is fast approaching! Join 10,000 tech leaders this May in Amsterdam.

Swift was announced by Apple in June at its WWDC developer conference, making it less than a year old. The prominence of the language and huge developer interest indicates it’ll continue to be popular in 2015 and should eventually surpass Objective-C (which is likely what Apple always intended).

lang.rank_.plot_.q1151

Javascript took first place as most popular language on Github, thanks to its widespread use on the internet. It only just inched out Java this time around, however.

The rankings are made by analyzing language discussion on Stack Overflow and actual usage on Github in order to get an idea of which languages are growing in popularity and which are shrinking.

➀ Programming Language Rankings: January 2015 [Redmonk]

Read next: Xbox One will soon get the ability to take screenshots

Shh. Here's some distraction

Comments