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Published: Jan 21 2008 / 10:53

Some observations regarding Tiobe's unbiased assesment of language popularity, measured based on the world-wide availability of skilled engineers, courses and third party vendors. Java increased its lead over second place C, and Java was the 3rd fastest growing language, behind Python (which overtook Perl for the first time) and VB. Ruby's popularity fell from a year ago.
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sigzero replied ago:

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It should have mentioned that while Groovy is in the 30's it came down from the 100's. Not bad. I was surprised to see Delphi surged. Delphi, who da thunk it!

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robse replied ago:

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Nick Brown replied ago:

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This seems like a bit of a strawman. I don't know of anyone claiming Java's popularity is on the decline. In fact, the gist of the whole "Java is the new COBOL" controversy is that Java, while not as productive as other languages out there, is entrenched as the most popular (or one of the most popular, along with its sister language C#) language for developing business applications. This means its future may be in doubt, but its present is certainly very bright. If you have some examples of experts claiming its popularity is currently falling, I would love to see them.

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sstrenn replied ago:

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"I don't know of anyone claiming Java's popularity is on the decline."

Hmmmm - what rock have you been living under? Also, I think it's a little disingenuous to go from "anyone" in your opening sentence to "experts" in your last...

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Nick Brown replied ago:

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Ok, can you cite actual examples of people claiming Java's popularity being on the decline? Again, note that is a different claim than people thinking emerging languages will take over in the near future.
And its not disingenuous to limit the opinions I care about to people who know what they are talking about. I don't care if some college freshman who took an "Intro to CS" class thinks no one uses Java anymore.

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georgi replied ago:

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This is, imho, not only about popularity. But I do not wonder any more that people are augur about the death of Java. Don't they always complain most about the #1? ;-)

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zeevb replied ago:

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The "Java is dead" message was one of the building blocks of the Ruby (and Ruby On Rails) hype. Sun fell to this trap and started to support Ruby/JRuby heavily in order to provide a solid runtime for this language on the JVM. Sun should wake up and start supporting Python/Jython (which was one of the first dynamic languages running on the JVM) both on the JVM and in Netbeans 6.

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