GitHub has released its latest Octoverse report, an extensive scan of its 96 million repositories and 200+ million pull requests, and found some interesting bits of data about the tech world’s fastest-growing programming languages.
“We’re seeing trends toward more statically typed languages focused on thread safety and interoperability,” Github’s report added. “Kotlin, TypeScript, and Rust are growing fast this year.”
Here’s the full breakdown:
But the presence of HCL may come as a surprise to many tech pros, as it tends not to appear on other firms’ top-language or fastest-growing-language lists—much less take a slot ahead of Rust, Python, Go, and other languages. GitHub’s data, however, has it on the rise: “The number of contributors writing HCL, a human readable language for DevOps, has more than doubled since 2017.”
A recent study by Developer Economics found that DevOps continued to interest developers the most among current technologies, beating out artificial intelligence (A.I.), machine learning, and even the much-hyped blockchain. That’s not surprising; although DevOps might not seem as exciting as robotics or software that teaches itself, it’s also necessary to the majority of organizations. In that context, the growth of HCL seems pretty logical.