Swift Enters The Top 10 of the Most Popular Programming Languages

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It was 2014 when Apple launched the Swift programming language to make the development of applications for iOS simpler and as immediate predecessor of Objective-C language.

The reception was very warm right away even for the actual validity of the language and the arrival on the market as Swift Playgrounds solutions. More iPad apps are created to learn the basics of the language with tests and tutorials suitable also for children.

This month Swift has entered for the first time in the top-ten of the most popular programming languages in the world, pulling himself in tenth place (last year was the fourteenth) TIOBE index with a 2.2% rate of time preference.


It is a remarkable achievement if we think of a few years since its release, and the fact that Swift has surpassed languages such as Pearl, Ruby, Visual Basic and the same Objective-C.

The reasons for this growth are easy to understand. Not only the interest getting bigger for the development of apps for iPhone and iPad, but also the fact that Swift is an open source programming language and therefore usable even outside the Apple ecosystem.

For the rest of the ranking, it is always dominated by Java (although down 4% year over year), C (-6.8%) and C++ (-1.54%), followed by Python, Visual Basic .NET, PHP, JavaScript and Delphi/Object Pascal.

By |2017-03-15T17:29:08+00:00March 15th, 2017|Digital Empowerment, Digital Literacy|2 Comments


  1. Prottoy September 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Since it’s 3rd version, and Kitora or Vapor, Swift became a server side language that seriously can tickle Rails or PHP in the coming years. Add Kotlin and you have similar languages on the iOS, Android and server sides. Swift made its debut in June 2014 as a replacement for Apple’s old native mobile app development language, Objective-C. The streamlined language makes it easier for coders to build apps by offering simple language and familiar syntax. Because Swift is used mainly to write applications for iOS devices, TIOBE doesn’t expect it to rise too much more in the rankings. Java is still the most popular programming language in the world, with more than 16 percent of developers using it.  Meanwhile, the language Swift replaced on mobile, Objective-C, is slowly slipping down the list.

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