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This article was published on January 15, 2015


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
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

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.”

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).

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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.

➤ Programming Language Rankings: January 2015 [Redmonk]