Apple’s impressive Swift is already one of the top 10 programming languages in the world

“Apple’s new Swift programming language is being adopted even faster than anyone predicted,” Buster Hein reports for Cult of Mac.

“In the latest TIOBE Index which ranks the popularity of programming languages, Apple shot up from the 14th spot last year and has already cracked the top 10,” Hein reports. “That may not sound too exciting, but considering all the other languages are on the top 10 list are at least two decades old, Swift is catching fire in a major way.”

Hein reports, “Meanwhile, the language Swift replaced on mobile, Objective-C, is slowly slipping down the list.””

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  1. I see the Go language by Google has made a pretty significant jump from 48->17 too. Highest percentage change on the list. Might be a competitor to keep an eye on.

      1. Yes, and it took a dive to lower than 50 at one point. Swift fills a different niche than Go (sometimes refered to as Golang). Go was designed to be a language to enable quick and efficient web programming. Though not the initial intention, it has been found to be very good for parallel processing and has developed to fill the backend niche very nicely. Swift has been designed more for the front-end and will probably be one of the top picks for programmers in that area.

        TIOBE has awarded Go the programming language of 2016 based on the extent of its rise in the rankings. Swift has some competition for 2017 according to the Business Insider article from January.

  2. Apple’s Swift. So good. Such rapid growth.

    That’s why pretty much none of Apple’s Apps on OS X or iOS are written in Swift. And that’s why almost no Apps on the iOS App Store or third party OS X Apps are written in Swift.

    Let’s cut the bulllshit fanboys. Apple has done effectively nothing since Jobs left.

    1. This question came up on Quora. While most legacy apps have not been rewritten, the estimate was that at least half of new apps were in Swift. Where legacy Objective-C libraries are not involved, it may be as high as 90%. There are few reasons why anyone who knows both languages would not use Swift.

      1. List 5 third party Apps for Mac OS X that are written in Swift.

        List 5 Apps for iOS that are written in Swift.

        List 5 Apple applications that are written in Swift.

        1. Since we only have access to the compiled code of the apps on the Store, not their source, we are both doing some speculating.

          Still, can you name five in each of your categories that were written from scratch entirely in Objective-C since Swift 2.0 came out, using no preexisting code or libraries?

    2. Very ignorant statement.

      As a developer who spends a fair amount of time reading developer web sites, I can tell you that there’s enormous enthusiasm for swift in the development community. Which is exactly why it’s now in the top ten.

      This a very impressive accomplishment.

    3. “That’s why pretty much none of Apple’s Apps on OS X or iOS are written in Swift. And that’s why almost no Apps on the iOS App Store or third party OS X Apps are written in Swift.”
      Citation? Or are you just venting.

    4. Setting aside the bullshit Apple-hate…

      Consider how long it is taking for developers AND Apple to get off the Carbon code left over from the PPC to Intel transition. SHOCK: Apple themselves still have Carbon code in macOS, specifically the Finder! Jobs himself gave up attempting to move everyone over to Cocoa coding. Moving development over to Swift programming is unlikely to be instantaneous either.

    5. Give it time. Once the language matures a bit and it’s adopted by some strong IDEs it’ll gain more traction.

      I’d love to see it on the .Net framework in visual studio at some point.

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