Are these programming languages doomed?

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7 August 2019
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Warning signs for programming languages

Even the most popular programming languages do not last forever. New generations of developers favour the languages and frameworks that they find easier to use, whilst the others tend to crumble away. According to TIOBE’s Programming Community Index (an indicator of the popularity of programming languages) and Dice’s analysis, the following 5 programming languages will possibly fall into misuse in the upcoming years.

Ruby was once a popular programming language amongst developers and was a top ten language on TIOBE’s monthly index. Developers also praised the coding language for being easy to learn, however in the past 18 months it has dropped out of the top ten.

An analysis carried out by Dice found that the number of companies looking for employees who are skilled in Ruby has declined by 56%. This dip in the number of companies hiring Ruby developers is a warning sign that companies are turning away from Ruby, which will likely lead to a rapid decrease in the language’s user-base. After all, if there are not any jobs for Ruby developers, people will stop learning the language.

Although several companies including Facebook and GitHub have all used Haskell to write critical programs at one point or another, the language has continued to flat line on RedMonk’s long-term language rankings. This suggests that developers have little to no interest in the learning Haskell, which in turn will likely lead to its decline.

Despite the creators of Objective-C, Apple, wanting the language to be dead, it is still more popular than people would assume. That being said, the fact that Apple has recently replaced Objective-C with its new and improved language, Swift, it can only be assumed that Objective-C will eventually die out.

R used to be incredibly popular amongst data analysts, however, recently the programming language Python has begun to replace R. Although R is still used by some academics and data scientists, companies that are interested in data analytics are turning to Python due to its scalability and ease of use. As a result of this, R’s rankings on TIOBE’s index has decreased, and other studies have shown a decline in usage of R in favour of Python.

TIOBE’s index suggests that the future of Perl is also in doubt. Although there are a number of legacy websites that still feature Perl’s code, developers are beginning to embrace other programming language’s for building websites, meaning that Perl will likely fall into decreasing disuse.

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