Kotlin keeps climbing the Tiobe popularity index

Kotlin keeps climbing the Tiobe popularity index

JetBrains’ Java rival and the leading language for Android development moves up to 15th place in Tiobe’s index of programming language popularity.

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JetBrains’ Kotlin language, a Java rival endorsed by Google for Android mobile development, continues to scale up Tiobe’s index of language popularity, reaching the 15th spot in the November 2023 rankings.

Having cracked the top 20 in the Tiobe Index in September with a rating of .9 per cent, Kotlin scored a rating of 1.15 per cent this month. Kotlin ranked 18th last month.

Software quality services company Tiobe cites Kotlin advantages including interoperability with Java and unrivalled Android accommodations as reasons for the language’s rise. Kotlin, Tiobe CEO Paul Jansen said, also fits in with a modern programming culture of expressive languages that have a strong type system and avoid null pointer exceptions by design.

“Based on my experience, I am pretty sure Kotlin can reach a top 10 position,” Jansen said. It remains to be seen if it can ever scale as high as a top-four slot, he added.

Tiobe’s index is based on a formula that assesses the number of skilled engineers, courses, and third-party vendors for each language worldwide, by examining data in search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

In the rival Pypl Popularity of Programming Languages index this month, Kotlin was ranked 13th with a 1.76 per cent share, having slipped slightly year-over-year. Pypl assesses language popularity based on how often language tutorials are searched on Google.

The Tiobe index top 10 for November 2023:

  1. Python, with a rating of 14.16 per cent
  2. C, 11.77 per cent
  3. C++, 10.36 per cent
  4. Java, 8.35 per cent
  5. C#, 7.65 per cent
  6. JavaScript, 3.21 per cent
  7. PHP, 2.3 per cent
  8. Visual Basic, 2.1 per cent
  9. SQL, 1.88 per cent
  10. Assembly, 1.35 per cent

The Pypl index top 10 for November 2023:

  1. Python, with a 27.99 per cent share
  2. Java, 15.91 per cent
  3. JavaScript, 9.18 per cent
  4. C/C++, 6.76 per cent
  5. C#, 6.67 per cent
  6. PHP, 4.86 per cent
  7. R, 4.45 per cent
  8. TypeScript, 2.95 per cent
  9. Swift, 2.7 per cent
  10. Objective-C, 2.32 per cent

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