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Ruby Moves Up to 11th Most Popular Language

By Peter Cooper / December 10, 2006


Another month, another step up the TIOBE Programming Community Index! Just last month we reported that Ruby had moved from 13th to 12th, and now it's up one more, to 11. The TIOBE Programming Community Index isn't the most official chart in the world, but is one of the most objective. Ruby has moved up from 27th in September 2004, to 11th now.

For those who are not familiar with the index:

The TIOBE Programming Community index gives an indication of the popularity of programming languages. The index is updated once a month. The ratings are based on the world-wide availability of skilled engineers, courses and third party vendors. The popular search engines Google, MSN, and Yahoo! are used to calculate the ratings. Observe that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming language or the language in which most lines of code have been written.

It is also interesting to see D chasing Ruby up the charts. I've been seeing a bit of buzz around this language lately.


  1. Robert says:

    There a lot of new all-purpose programming languages, because that is what hackers are interested in enough to create a new one. It's very competitive.

    Specialized programming languages , by comparison, are a lonely winterland - kind of like the Chronicles of Narnia.
    Statistical programming languages, for example, no new statistical programming language has broken out of the gates for THIRTY YEARS. Well, what about R. R is a re-implementation of the S programming language, which , like SAS and SPSS, is at least 30 years old.
    VILNO is a new competitor in this category, an attachment to the August 31 entry at :

    Since it is very good at data crunching/preparation (which S is not so good at) , it is a good complement to R or S-Plus. It does not yet have statistical testing features.


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