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Ruby is the Programming Language of 2006

Quoting TIOBE (emphasis mine):

January Headline: Ruby declared TIOBE’s Programming Language of 2006!

We are glad to announce that Ruby has become ”Programming Language of the Year 2006”. Ruby has the highest popularity increase in a year of all programming languages (+2.15%). Runner up this year is JavaScript with +1.31%. Both languages are boosted by their corresponding frameworks, Ruby On Rails and Ajax. This might be a new trend. In the recent past it was necessary to have a large company behind the language to get it in the spotlight (Sun with Java, Microsoft with C#), but nowadays a killer app appears to be sufficient. Viral marketing via the Internet works! The winners of the last 2 years, PHP and Java, are the losers of this year. Other trends that are observed are the growth of dynamically typed languages and the fact that the difference in popularity between languages is getting less.

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2 Responses to “Ruby is the Programming Language of 2006”

  1. Tony says:

    That’s cool, though AJAX isn’t a “Framework”, something like Prototype is.

  2. Hi Tony,
    I agree with you, they could phrase it differently:
    “Both languages are boosted by their corresponding frameworks, Ruby On Rails and the many Ajax frameworks.”

    Thanks for stopping by.

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