TypeScript Climbs RedMonk Programming Language Popularity Ladder
RedMonk's lastet programming language popularity report singles out TypeScript as a big mover among an otherwise fairly static ranking of the usual leaders.
The latest report in the firm's biannual cadence -- dated January 2019 but just published March 20 -- noted there's usually very little movement in the rankings of the top 10 or 12 languages. However, as in 2018's end-of-year report, the six-year-old TypeScript was highlighted for its steady climb that sees it jumping up four positions since the June 2018 report.
"When we ran these rankings a year ago at this time, TypeScript had surged into the Top 20 landing at No. 17," the new report says. "It didn't quite match that jump in this run, but movement within the top 20 is much more difficult to accomplish so its four-spot bump is notable for that reason alone.
"It is also notable because by moving up four spots, it finds itself in 12th place, just outside the Top 10 and right behind Swift – the fastest growing language in the history of these rankings."
RedMonk also noted TypeScript's rise in the January 2018 report, along with other Microsoft offerings.
In describing that January 2018 report, RedMonk said: "Of all of the vendors represented on this list, Microsoft has by a fair margin the most to crow about. Its ops-oriented language PowerShell continues its steady rise, and R had a bounceback from earlier slight declines. TypeScript, meanwhile, pulled off a contextually impressive three spot jump from No. 17 to No. 14. Given that growth in the top 20 comes at a premium, hitting the ranking that a widespread language like R enjoyed in our last rankings is an impressive achievement."
Here's a comparison of the January 2019 and June 2018 rankings, which allow ties:
The RedMonk index ranks languages based on the number of StackOverflow tags and number of GitHub projects, stating: "The idea is not to offer a statistically valid representation of current usage, but rather to correlate language discussion and usage in an effort to extract insights into potential future adoption trends."
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.