For the first time in a while, LiveCode is back on the TIOBE Index of
the top 100 most popular programming languages:
During the Kickstarter campaign and for a year or so after, LC was there
off and on every few months. But though I don't check monthly, I
haven't seen it there in a while, so this is encouraging.
If it remains on the list consistently going forward, we'll have a
reasonably good indicator of overall language adoption growth.
FWIW, this is the first month I can recall seeing where LiveCode was on
this list but Xojo wasn't.
Other observations of note in the Feb 2018 index:
- Swift is still in the top 50 (#16, pretty good), but trending down,
with a double-arrow suggesting more decline over last month than
others in decline.
- Python and VB.net are up, VB up more. Both VB editions are IIRC
now open source and available for multiple platforms.
- If you look at the line chart in the middle of the page, even the most
popular languages have an overall slight downward trend, suggesting
My take on this:
- Multi-platform languages are growing more than platform-specific ones.
- Programming is becoming increasingly polyglot, where fixation on one
or two languages across one's career is gone in favor of expertise
with a wider range of languages, each for different tasks.
For LC fans this could bode well, since at this stage few pros are in a
position to replace their tooling with LC, but everyone can augment
their tooling with it, since probably nothing else is a productive for
making multi-platform GUIs.
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