"The only languages younger than 10 years in the current top 100 are: Swift (#14), Rust (#17), Crystal (#48), Solidity (#59), Pony (#71), Raku (#72), Zig (#88) and Hack (#92). None of them are less than 5 years old. In other words, it is almost impossible to hit the charts as a newbie. On the contrary, we see that golden oldies revive. Take for instance Fortran, which is back in the top 20 thanks to the growing demand for numerical computational power. So, if you have just invented a brand new language, please have some patience!" -- Paul Jansen CEO TIOBE Software

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Re: Raku is one of the few newbies in the top 100
by cavac (Parson) on Jun 01, 2023 at 09:12 UTC

    I don't trust the Tiobe index all that much. It's biased towards hard-to-master languages with forums that are parsable by search engines. So easy-to-learn languages will be ranked lower because users wouldn't need to ask forums for every second line in their program. Languages that have dedicated central forums/other communication channels that are not indexable by Google are also ranked lower.

    A prime example of the latter would probably be ABAP, the language used by SAP systems. It's a well-payed job in nearly every large multicorp, but a lot of language support happens behind closed doors. It may not be popular in the sense of "beloved", but it's certainly popular in the sense of "everyone uses SAP. If this thing goes down, the company is too buggered to even file for bankruptcy because we wouldn't be able to tell the judge our assets and liabilities".

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Re: Raku is one of the few newbies in the top 100
by Jenda (Abbot) on May 25, 2023 at 21:37 UTC

    Cooool! The "language" that killed Perl got an unknown rating lower than 0.19% (likely fairly significantly lower as there are 21 other languages between Raku and Apex - whatever that is - that has those 0.19%) while Delphi/Object pascal, a language that had basically been considered a flop and a dead end by early 2000s got 1.01% and Perl itself wobbles at 0.60 %. Bring in the Champagne!

    Classic Visual Basic has got 0.75%! Language declared legacy during 2008! The final release was version 6 in 1998!!!

    1984 was supposed to be a warning,
    not a manual!