Microsoft TypeScript is popular and it’s here to stay as a prominent language, according to analyst RedMonk.
TypeScript, released by Microsoft in 2012, is now in 12th spot in the first quarter 2019 programming language rankings by developer analyst RedMonk. The firm releases two quarterly rankings per year.
RedMonk uses code repositories hosted on GitHub and discussions on Stack Overflow to rank programming languages. The rankings aren’t necessarily representative of general usage of a language, but the company believes it can predict future trends in a language’s adoption by using correlations between two big developer populations. That is, usage of a language on GitHub and discussions about a language on Stack Overflow.
Even faster-growing than TypeScript is Kotlin, which was up eight places since the last report and is now ranked in 20th place by RedMonk. According to O’Grady, the speed of Kotlin’s growth is second only to Swift.
Julia, a language hatched at MIT in 2012, has also climbed two spots and is now the 34th most popular language, according to RedMonk.
O’Grady last August noted the “esoteric nature of the language may yet relegate it to niche status”. Today he said Julia’s growth has been “more tortoise than hare” but pointed to TypeScript’s growth as a reminder that it’s rare but still possible that “languages can transition quickly from periods of slow, barely measurable growth to high, sustained growth quarter after quarter”.
Rounding out the top in descending order are PHP, C#, C++, CSS, Ruby, C, and Objective-C. The next 10 that make up the top 20 in descending order are Swift, TypeScript, Scala, Shell, Go, R, PowerShell, Perl, Haskell, and Kotlin.