A new analysis of Stack Overflow data sheds light on which emerging languages web developers are focusing on.
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TypeScript is also climbing the programming language popularity rankings. Analyst Redmonk found its use was “exploding”, with the language rising to tenth place in both this year’s Stack Overflow survey and in the TIOBE Index. TypeScript was also one of the languages that has seen the largest growth in the proportion of contributors to code repositories on GitHub over the past year. Google also chose to write its popular web framework Angular using TypeScript.
Those who have tried Rust, however, typically seem to like it, with the language being deemed as the most enjoyable language to use in this year’s Stack Overflow poll.
Rust has been finding favor among programmers who want the high performance of C and C++ but without the overhead of manually managing memory — and all the potential for bugs that comes with that.
The team behind Rust have described it as “like a mix of Ruby, Haskell, and Scala. It has functional influences such as closures and iterators, and a rich type system similar to Haskell”.
If you’re interested in finding out more about TypeScript or Rust, check out TechRepublic’s round-up of the best free resources for learning TypeScript or Rust.