Programming Languages May Finally Be Reaching a Status Quo

WIRED | 8/13/2018 | Klint Finley
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Apple's programming language Swift and the Android developer favorite Kotlin are two of the fastest growing languages of all time. But that growth might be starting to slow according to a new report.

The analyst firm RedMonk has tracked programmers' interest in various programming languages since 2011. During that time, Swift and Kotlin grew faster than any other language the firm tracked, including Google's Go and Mozilla's Rust. Earlier this year Swift, which Apple released in 2014, managed to tie with Apple's much more established Objective-C language for tenth place in RedMonk's rankings.

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But the firm's latest rankings, released last week, show Swift dropping to 11th place. Kotlin slipped from 27th place to 28th place. Though notable, slipping one place in one quarter doesn't mean that Swift and Kotlin are in decline or even that they've peaked. "In general, we caution readers not to assign too much weight to small changes in the rankings; the differences between one spot or another, in general, tend to be slight," RedMonk co-founder Stephen O'Grady wrote in a blog post analyzing the findings.

Also, RedMonk's rankings don't necessarily reflect how widely used a...
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