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Redmonk Language Rankings See Rapid Rise for Kotlin, Swift

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According to industry analyst company Redmonk, the most popular programming languages during the first quarter of this year were JavaScript, Java, Python, PHP and C#.


JavaScript, Java, Python, PHP, and C# are the top five programming languages for the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest ranking by industry analyst firm Redmonk.

C++, CSS, Ruby, and C take the sixth through ninth positions, with Swift and Objective-C tying for 10th place.

Swift is notable for having climbed from 18th place since its 2015 release, which may signal a shift in development on the Apple platform.

"It's difficult to view this run as anything but a changing of the guard," says Redmonk analyst Stephen O'Grady.

Redmonk also issued a view of the data over the time period beginning late 2012, with one striking trend indicating little change in both the content and ranking of the top 10 languages, where Swift is the only new entrant in the last six years.

Kotlin also has experienced a rapid ascent, with O'Grady suggesting its official support for Android and its similarity to Swift gave it a boost.

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