However, Dart didnt fare such rise in PYPL. PYPL remarked that “Tiobe criteria for the search “Language + programming” is not particularly meaningful,” reports Jaxenter.
As Jaxenter points out regarding Dart, “Whether this actually emerges as a trend, remains to be seen.”
TIOBE rankings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors. Popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. It is important to note that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming language or the language in which most lines of code have been written, explains TIOBE.
PYPL on the other hand analyzes how often language tutorials are searched on Google : the more a specific language tutorial is searched, the more popular the language is assumed to be. The raw data comes from Google Trends, so that anyone can verify it, or make the analysis for his own country or other languages.
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First, a correction: Chrome does NOT support Dart. You’re thinking of Chromium, which is NOT the consumer-facing browser product. Chromium is part of the Chromium Project. Chrome is based on Chromium source code, but otherwise it is on a different track. More specifically, you’re thinking of “Dartium”, which is Chromium crudely hacked to work with the Dart VM; as such, it is definitely far from being prime time ready. Chrome *may*, and I emphasize “may”, incorporate Dart VM in the future, but Google had yet to offer an official statement on this.
Second, it is quite true that the TIOBE index is highly unreliable. Just about every other language ranking (eg, langpop.corger.nl) puts Dart far down the list, behind the likes of Scala, Haskell, Go, Lua, Erlang, Clojure, and Groovy. That Dart is on TIOBE’s top 20 list is risible.
Fourth, despite TIOBE’s claim, there is virtually no evidence that their ranking is based on “the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors”.
Fifth, Swift is Apple’s plan to replace Objective-C, which is #3 on TIOBE. Given Apple’s market dominance, we should *expect* Swift to rise in the ranking. This is hardly a surprise.