ColdFusion on the TIOBE index

March 18, 2006

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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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."
Hi Pete, Thanks for this post, it was interesting. I am taking my first java class at U of Hawaii, and loving it! Thought it would be helpful for Coldfusion(it is!). It seems like java is at the top. I was told in my class the other day that I need to learn FORTRAN:(, but even though I am new to all this I didn't think anybody used it anymore, but with a list like this at least I know which are popular. I think that with knowing java well you can do all you'll ever need, well at least for me! Thanks again, John
Visual Foxpro went from 51 to 16 over the past year?! I don't think this "survey" is very meaningful or credible.
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.
Yes. 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.
And now, five months later, Ruby has skyrocketed whilest CF has fallen all the way down to 29th... Hmmm...
Fortran is now higher than ColdFusion. Sad day.

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