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ColdFusion on the TIOBE index

Updated on December 07, 2023
By Pete Freitag

My brother sent me a link to the TIOBE index which has ColdFusion at #13 (up from #26 last year). According to the site:

The TIOBE Programming Community index gives an indication of the popularity of programming languages. The ratings are based on the world-wide availability of skilled engineers, courses and third party vendors.

The index can be used to check whether your programming skills are still up to date or to make a strategic decision about what programming language should be adopted when starting to build a new software system.

Java currently holds the number 1 spot, with PHP at number 4, Perl at 6, and Ruby at 22 (I'm sure ruby has gained quite a bit in the last year as well).

I'm not sure how scientific this index is, but is interesting to note the changes in position.

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ColdFusion on the TIOBE index was first published on March 18, 2006.

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This is interesting. I was looking for ASP and found this statement "We adopted the definition of programming language from Wikipedia. Based on this definition languages such as HTML and XML are not considered programming languages. The same holds for data query language SQL. ASP and ASP.NET are also not because it is regarded a technique that makes use of other languages such as JavaScript and VBScript or .NET compatible languages."
by Mike Brunt on 03/18/2006 at 10:15:37 PM UTC
Visual Foxpro went from 51 to 16 over the past year?! I don't think this "survey" is very meaningful or credible.
by anonymous on 03/19/2006 at 11:03:51 AM UTC
This cropped up on CF-TALK a couple of times in the last few weeks, and it was suggested that the index is based on each language cropping up on the net, and that the Adobe take-over had resulted in a large number of hits for CF.
by Michael Traher on 03/19/2006 at 8:46:16 PM UTC

More FoxPro than T-SQL. Hmmmmm More Lisp than Hmmmm!

They include SAS but not SQL or MDX?

I think maybe their methodlogy is flawed as from a results point of view this is complete cobblers.

I suspect there's more MS Access and Word VBA out there than all the C++ and Java added together but this is stuff that isn't done by real programmers in real programmin languages.

I would suggest such results be taken with a whole bucket full of salt.
I suspect the CF boost is due to the Adobe takeover.
by Steve on 03/23/2006 at 11:57:28 PM UTC
And now, five months later, Ruby has skyrocketed whilest CF has fallen all the way down to 29th...

by Sebastiaan on 10/27/2006 at 6:46:27 PM UTC