, and a handful of others—all easy to name, as they’re the languages that have collectively built the foundations of the IT world. But what will be the most popular languages next year, or even five years from now? While predicting the future is often a fool’s errand, there are signs a few lesser-known languages could become very big over the next decade. Check out the latest developer jobs.
RedMonk, a tech-industry analyst firm, uses data from GitHub and Stack Overflow to create rankings
of not only the most popular programming languages, but also the up-and-comers. Based on those analytics, it thinks that the R language
will make big gains in coming years, thanks in large part to its utility in statistical analysis. Go
, a programming language developed by Google, has likewise leapt up RedMonk’s rankings over the past year. “While the language has its critics
, its growth prospects appear secure,” read a posting on RedMonk’s blog. “And should the Android support in 1.4
mature, Go’s path to becoming a Top 10 if not Top 5 language would be clear.” Julia
both climbed the RedMonk list, as did Swift
, which is Apple’s
, while you’d be hard-pressed to find many job postings asking for developers skilled in Julia
. But over the long term, these rising languages could assume much greater importance, especially (as in the case of Swift) if they become replacements for an existing, popular language.
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