TypeScript Keeps Climbing Popularity Ladder
After making waves by cracking the top 10 of the RedMonk Programming Language Ranking last year, TypeScript has continued its climb in the latest bi-annual report that analyzes GitHub and Stack Overflow data in order to weigh coding and discussion traction.
Other climbers in the new RedMonk ranking include Dart, moving up three spots, R, moving up two, and Kotlin, Groovy, Go and Python moving up one. The full RedMonk plot looks like this:
Including ties, that makes the top 20 look like this:
Commenting on the overall results, O'Grady said, "Generally when these rankings are prepared, there is little to comment on with regard to movement in the Top 10 entries. Because both the X and Y axis reflect metrics that are accretive in nature, the higher the language is ranked the more difficult it becomes to displace. It is notable, therefore, that we have movement amongst four languages. Two will be discussed in more detail below, but the drop of C++ (6) by one spot is overshadowed by the rise of Ruby from #8 to #7. By itself, this gain would be of relatively little consequence, but as was said two years ago in this space, quantitatively Ruby appeared to have peaked and had been in a period of stagnancy and, arguably, decline. One quarter’s performance does not, of course, reverse this analysis or trajectory overnight, but it is certainly a bright spot for advocates of the language."
The RedMonk ranking is intended to correlate language discussion and usage in order to provide insights about potential future adoption trends, as opposed to offering a statistically valid representation of current usage.
David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.