Prominent scripting languages, once viewed as the future of programming by offering ease of use, have slipped in the monthly Tiobe index of language popularity. Only Python and JavaScript still have some momentum.Languages that have seen their fortunes decline include Perl, PHP, and Ruby.
Software quality services company Tiobe’s suspected cause is a desire among developers for higher quality than is afforded in scripting languages: “Because quality demands are getting higher and higher, hardly anybody dares to write a critical and large software system in a scripting language nowadays.”[ What is TypeScript? Industrial-strength JavaScript. • Keep up with TypeScript’s frequent updates with InfoWorld’s TypeScript version feature tracker. | What is Python? Everything you need to know. • Tutorial: How to get started with Python. • 6 essential libraries for every Python developer. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]
With scripting languages, most errors show up in runtime.

And this is a problem, Tiobe says.

Developers can write unit tests to compensate for this but it still is “quite dangerous” because these errors can happen while the application is in production.
Statically typed languages, meanwhile, have responded to the threat of scripting languages by reducing type verbosity.To read this article in full, please click here

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