Apple’s Swift is instant hit among top programming languages

“Apple’s new Swift language, featuring modern-day development capabilities for building OS X and iOS applications, is likely to find swift, high placement in assessments of programming language popularity,” Paul Krill reports for InfoWorld.

“Both the Tiobe and PyPL indexes already have plans to accommodate Swift,” Krill reports. “‘A preview shows that its first rating will probably in the top 20 by [the July Tiobe index]. Swift is a natural and long-awaited next step of Apple,’ this month’s Tiobe index description said. The monthly index, which gauges language popularity via a formula assessing searches on languages on sites like Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube, has shown Swift’s predecessor, the Objective-C language, ranking not far behind C and Java in language popularity in recent years.”

“In the rival PyPL index, which looks at how often language tutorials are searched on in Google, a representative already has done a brief assessment on Swift,” Krill reports. “‘Yes, it would come in ninth position, based on the first week of data since its announcement,’ said Pierre Carbonnelle, who oversees the index… With a 6.6 percent share, Objective-C ranks eighth on the PyPL index, which notes the language has been climbing in popularity.”

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  1. I’m sure Swift is great and will be a crucial piece of infrastructure in Apple’s app machine. But using search results to determine how “popular” or “in use” a programming language is doesn’t make much sense to me.

    Had Microsoft, Google, Sun or anyone for that matter introduced a new programming language I’m thinking a lot of the coders and geeky folks such as myself would have searched for it a few times to check it out.

    While search is metric, I suppose, it doesn’t mean much.

    Keep in mind I do believe Swift will be very widely used quite quickly.

    1. Of course it will be well used and adopted quickly. It addresses all the failings of Objective-C that developers didn’t want to admit existed.

      Swift is similar in many ways to C#, which is a VERY good language.

      Objective-C is the one piece of Apple that was VERY un-apple. Not elegant, not pretty, and unsafe. Essentially, Obj-C was aimed at C developers. People who had ideas that they wanted to bring to fruition simply stayed in the visual editor or hired a programmer.

      Swift seems to be a joy to work with.

    2. I think it’s totally relevant. When a programmer is looking to verify the understanding of a common control statement, like the select/case/which statement, they will include the language (swift/ruby/objective-c/python/php) so that their search results stay fairly relevant. Same for language data types, etc, etc.

      What examining search engine results is not going to show them is the search terms used on more programmer-specific sites like (unless they use Google search within the site!).

      Regardless, my first foray into Swift gave me a feeling of fresh air!

  2. It’s a little early to say where Swift will end up. but, it is truly modern, and it seems to care not about legacy underpinnings. Since it runs alongside Objective-C, there will be ample ways to test and iterate its code.

    And yes, C# is an intriguing language on its own, with modern underpinnings and rapid deployment.

    The future of programming is definitely more object oriented. More power to both of these endeavors.

  3. Can Swift be used without using C, or Objective C, at all EVER ?
    A NEW lanuage INSTEAD of C, or Objective C ?
    My understanding is it’s NOT a NEW programming lanuage, BUT you MUST use it with Objective C because Apple’s API is written in Objective C.
    i’ve programmed in BASIC, C, and Objective C, and hated Objective C, because you had to program three times the code, to get the SAME RESULT as in programming in C.
    To get a window on the screen— 1920 * 1080 all you should need to type is ONE LINE ex.

    SCREEN (0,0)-(1920,1080) That’s it. NOTHING MORE.
    Can you do that in C, or Objective C ?

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