RIse and fall of languages in 2012

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Thu Jan 10 08:23:51 CET 2013

"In general-purpose scripting languages, Python continues to grow slowly, 
JavaScript and Ruby are treading water, and Perl continues its long 
decline. According to Google trends, the number of searches for Perl is 
19% of what it was in 2004. Its declining role in open-source communities 
further cements the perception that it's in an irretrievable tailspin. 
One should always be careful pronouncing a language dead or dying, 
because rare resurrections have occurred: JavaScript and Objective-C 
being two stand-out cases. However, Perl is unlikely to see such a new 
lease on life because of direct competition from Python, which is 
considerably more popular (whereas Objective-C and JavaScript had no 
direct equivalents when they came back)."


And from the TIOBE Index, Python is steady at number 8:



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