You have the languages that quietly build an audience without the benefit of huge conferences or famous advocates. TypeScript is such a language; it might not power a popular smartphone platform or dominate a particular industry niche, but its adoption rates are steadily creeping up, according to analyst firm RedMonk and other sources.
Contrast that with the languages that consciously manufacture an incredible amount of hype. For instance, Apple uses the full force of its glitzy marketing apparatus to promote Swift, its successor to Objective-C, and Google similarly uses I/O and other events to show off its feelings about Kotlin. For other languages, the hype hinges on a few independent influencers: Developers and startups with big followings use a language, love it, and rave about it on their various social platforms.
“The majority of the interest in Swift came immediately following Apple’s initial launch,” RedMonk’s James Governor wrote in a recent blog posting about TypeScript. “Similarly, Kotlin saw a spike in interest when Google added it as a first-class supported language for Android. TypeScript on the other [hand] is less spiky and possibly more sustained in that it’s not correlated with major vendor launches.”
What’s behind this slow, steady, quiet growth? According to Governor, it might have something to do with strongly typed languages, which, in his words, are “having a renaissance.” TypeScript is not only “tool-friendly,” but it’s particularly well-suited for work with the popular Angular web framework. What’s more, it offers more type safety, as well as usefulness in a broad range of niches (not just a particular company’s platforms or tools).
Indeed, other sources back up this idea of TypeScript as a quiet champion. Last October, GitHub’s Octoverse Report placed TypeScript among its fastest-growing languages. “We’re seeing trends toward more statically typed languages focused on thread safety and interoperability. Kotlin, TypeScript, and Rust are growing fast this year,” GitHub stated at the time.