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iOS programming language Objective C enters Top 3 as mobile grows

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iOS programming language Objective C enters Top 3 as mobile grows
The iPhone came in 2007, and we recently just remembered its fifth anniversary, and while it’s obvious that it changed the industry fundamentally, there is something else that changed with the App Store and the app boom. That something is one programming language that has grown to be by some metrics more popular than C++.

The language is Objective-C, used by developers for iOS who by now have deposited more than 650,000 applications in Apple’s app store.

The language itself started in 1983, but only started getting some attention after NeXT licensed its for its operating system, later to become Mac OS. This didn’t bring it popularity, though, up until 2009, Objective-C held a market share of a meager less than 1%. The boom happened in just a couple of years with iOS app development.

Objective-C doesn’t directly compete with other languages like C++ as it’s basically only used for mobile projects while C++ is more popular with large-scale programs, but it’s interesting to see just how quickly that programming landscape has changed in a couple of years. Check out the graph compiled using the TIOBE index, based on the number of engineers estimated using search engines like Google and Bing.

source: TechCrunch

iOS programming language Objective C enters Top 3 as mobile grows

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posted on 06 Jul 2012, 08:57 1

1. networkdood (Posts: 6325; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


where is FORTRAN, COBALT and BASIC? :-)

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 13:32

3. tedkord (Posts: 5246; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


COBALT? Effing autocorrect.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 11:03

2. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Brainf**k programming language!

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 16:11

4. AngryAppleCustomer (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


C++ is awesome. I use it to type papers for my English class.

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