Application Development: Groovy, JavaScript, Ruby Among Fastest Growing Programming Languages

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-09-12 Print this article Print


The Groovy language saw an increase of 166 percent in terms of jobs since November 2009. Groovy is a dynamic language for the Java platform.
Programmers flock to where the action is and where the jobs are. If an eWEEK survey of a jobs index is any indication, the action—and the jobs—are around Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby, Java, C#, C, Fortran, Cobol, JavaScript, Groovy and F#. The trend data is derived from millions of jobs indexed by Simply Hired, a job search engine based in Silicon Valley that aims to build the largest online database of jobs on the planet, according to the company.??íThe data shows the percentage of jobs that have increased (or decreased) for various programming languages since November 2009. In the time frame this slide show depicts, Groovy saw the largest increase in jobs, followed by C# and—surprisingly—COBOL. There were small increases in the percentages of jobs for Perl and C++ programmers. And jobs for Fortran programmers actually decreased over the time period. Meanwhile, F#, a functional language, saw appreciative growth. Also, August marked the first time F# cracked the TIOBE Index's top 20 programming languages. The TIOBE Index measures the popularity of programming languages based on the number of developers who use them.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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