LiveCode on TIOBE, 2018

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Sat Dec 29 14:21:03 EST 2018

TIOBE's definitions are outlined here:

Oddly, they don't count Github repos. :/

The bad thing about not including Github is that LC has a growing 
presence there.

The good thing about not including Github is that we're seeing organic 
growth evidenced across more general search engines, arguably an even 
better signal for adoption in an audience likely to include many 
newcomers to programming.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems

J. Landman Gay wrote:
> How do they gather their data?
> --
> Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at
> HyperActive Software |
> On December 29, 2018 12:23:15 PM Richard Gaskin via use-livecode 
> <use-livecode at> wrote:
>> If you saw my Community Roundup talk in the November installment of
>> LiveCode Global, you know I track the TIOBE Index as a shorthand
>> indicator of LiveCode's relative marketshare/mindshare.
>> The TIOBE Index is a list of the Top 100 programming languages in the
>> world, ranked by popularity among developers.
>> TIOBE is an imperfect indicator of the relative size of a programming
>> language's audience, but warts and all it's probably the best we have.
>> You can view the current index here:
>> When we consider how many hundreds of languages there are, with new ones
>> sprouting up every year, it's quite remarkable that a scripting language
>> from a small company in Edinburgh that's been open source only five
>> years is on the list at all.  But it is.
>> And while it's currently in the lower 50 languages, also there with
>> LiveCode are some very well known offerings made by much larger orgs,
>> including ActionScript, APL, CoffeeScript, Common Lisp, Forth, OpenCL,
>> PostScript, Smalltalk, Stata, Tcl, TypeScript, VBScript, and Wolfram.
>> Also worth noting is what isn't on the list at all, including
>> AppleScript, Qt, and Xojo.
>> Historically, LC might appear on the TIOBE Index once every few months,
>> but this year I've tracked it each month and the results are quite
>> outstanding - it's now December so I can list the full year:
>> Jan: not listed
>> Feb: LISTED
>> Mar: LISTED
>> Apr: LISTED
>> May: not listed
>> Jun: not listed
>> Jul: not listed
>> Aug: LISTED
>> Sep: LISTED
>> Oct: LISTED
>> Nov: LISTED
>> Dec: LISTED
>> AFAIK no previous year has seen LiveCode present on the TIOBE Index
>> anywhere near as often, and currently we're in a consistent 5-month run.
>> Kudos to the team for delivering a great tool satisfying so many.  And
>> kudos to all of you using LiveCode, as that use contributes to the
>> recognition of LiveCode's popularity.
>> I look forward to seeing how LC does on TIOBE through 2019.
>> --
>>  Richard Gaskin
>>  Fourth World Systems

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