Apple’s Swift programming language and the R statistical language are the two candidates for TIOBE’s programming language of the year award, according to the TIOBE index for December.
In the October TIOBE programming community index, Google Dart had cracked the Top 20 languages, and Java and C++ popularity had hit all-time lows. This time around, the languages with the largest upswings in popularity are No. 11 Visual Basic (+1.80%), No. 12 R (+1.38%) and No. 17 Swift (+1.06%).
TIOBE’s index is generated based on the number of software engineers worldwide, the number of programming language courses, and the number of third-party vendors. It also takes into account search engine data when generating language ratings, and it does not factor in how many lines of code have been written in a particular language.
The TIOBE programming language of the year award will be announced in January 2015. The full December index is available here.