The TIOBE Programming Community Index for January 2006 has been released. Java and C have treaded places for the #1 and #2 spots (Java is now in the lead), Python and Delphi are slipping, C# is on the rise, Ruby misses the top 20 by one spot … and ColdFusion climbed from 25th to 16th (the biggest mover on the board).
There are some real oddballs here, too. ActionScript below Prolog and Ada? PL/SQL as a programming language (but no other SQL implementations)? And it gets worse, too.
Now, just to be brutally honest, I have no faith in these numbers and in what they are supposed to mean. And so I don’t read much (if at all) into rankings and comparative movements. But, one point may be worthy of consideration. Assuming that the data compilation and analysis used the same techniques and patterns this year as they did last, TIOBE has discovered massive growth in ColdFusion use this past year.