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As every of these benchmarks is a lie (strongly depending on the sources, custom metrics, and attitudes of the creators) a survey across all developers seems to be the most reliable indicator about the popularity of PL.
Are we talking relative or absolute here? It makes a huge difference. Example: If, e.g., JS is used 10x as much as X and X is liked by 100% of its developers, while JS is only liked by 20% of their developers, its still twice as popular.
Of course you are right, but JS is popular and is most used.
There are only two kinds of programming languages: Those that aren't used and those that people complain about.
Like every other "study" it had an agenda to push the statistical results they wanted to emphasize.
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For dead read unsupported which equates to dead! My development path was from Superbase to Access to VB4 to VB6 and then to VB.net and then to c# so I know precisely what I am talking about.
And there are still some strange entries ia rather minor player to be up there.n the top 20. Delphi, which I also dabbled in, seems a little strange, and Mathlab, a programming language. And they split PL/SQL and SQL (presumably TSQL) seems an odd segregation.
Still statistics and all that!
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There was a sh*t load of applications written in it, it would be interesting if the surveys identified the volume of app support, the majority I suspect.
That's my guess as well.
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No matter how you look at it, classic VB is no longer supported and has not been for many years. Anyone STARTING a new project in it is nuts.
I agree on both points. But that's not my point -- which is the fact that a language that has been unsupported as a stand-alone product for 15+ years still ranks. I spotted VB on several lists a number of years back and was surprised -- I hadn't done VB6 since 2002-ish and assumed it was long since dead.
Although VB is still supported. It's the macro language behind MS Office. My normal.dotm contains macros I wrote in Word 97. Still running as originally written, still useful today.
Mycroft Holmes wrote:
I think "well" is a bit of a stretch, even alive is only because some legacy systems are just to expensive to replace.
I know a number of guys who make very good rates doing COBOL. Sure, it's not used for much new development, but a kid coming out of school today could make a career of COBOL. [I'm not recommending that; simply pointing out an option.]
Every negative point in this entire topic is irrelevant if folks are making a living from a language.
unfortunately there is a ton of old business apps out there with no plans to be completely rewritten. I personally know of a couple companies reliant on accounting software written (supported and still added to) all in VB6.
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