Lua moves into top 20 of March’s TIOBE Index, Python retains top spot

This month’s version noticed programming language Lua transfer up from 38 to 20.

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The launch of March’s TIOBE Index of the preferred programming languages noticed a couple of notable adjustments throughout the board, notably Lua surging 18 spots within the span of a month to crack the top-20. One factor that didn’t change nevertheless was the retention of the top spot within the rankings by Python.

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Lua breaks the top-20

“In its heyday in 2011, Lua briefly touched a top 10 position,” mentioned Paul Jansen, TIOBE’s CEO. “Whether this is going to happen again is unknown. But it is clear that Lua is catching up in the game development market. It is easy to learn, fast to execute, and simple to interface with C. This makes Lua a perfect candidate for this job. One of the drivers behind the recent success of Lua is the very popular gaming platform Roblox, which uses Lua as its main programming language.”

Lua is a light-weight, environment friendly, embeddable scripting language that has seen adoption in purposes reminiscent of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom with an emphasis on embedded techniques reminiscent of tv and video video games. In 2009, it was the preferred scripting language utilized in online game growth. Jansen says that whereas Lua is seeing a resurgence in its utilization numbers, it has not totally recovered from its highs of over a decade in the past. Despite its lack of adoption en masse, Jansen says he expects the language to remain throughout the top-20 vary.

“Lua is the same for C as Kotlin is for Java,” Jansen mentioned. “It is the dynamically typed variant that makes development faster but a bit more risky. I predict that it is able to keep its top-20 position, but it is still not mainstream. So it will stay around position 20 for a long time.”

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Risers and fallers

While Lua’s use in sport design noticed a spike in recognition for the coding language, Python not solely stored the primary rating of programming languages from final month, but in addition noticed the most important improve in utilization from March 2021 to 2022, at a 3.95% improve yr over yr, additionally shifting from the third-most utilized language to primary throughout that point. The top three total remained unchanged from February to March, as Python, C and Java every occupied the best spots within the rankings, respectively.

After Python, the following largest change in proportion belonged to C++, which jumped 2.14% over the past month.

While many programming languages noticed a rise of their utilization, some noticed the alternative occur. Further down within the rankings, Jansen famous that a number of programming languages that had been extensively considered working for the top 20 dipped within the total order this month:

  • Rust dropped from 24 to 26
  • Kotlin decreased from 28 to 31
  • Julia from 30 to 32
  • TypeScript from 38 to 40

Last month, Jansen was quoted as saying he thought languages reminiscent of Rust, Kotlin and (*20*) would see a lift over the following half yr or so, however these three noticed a fall slightly than a rise.


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