PowerShell has entered the TIOBE index top 50 coding languages. Here's why.
The index is a monthly indicator of the popularity of coding languages, created based on the number of skilled engineers, courses, and third-party vendors worldwide. Search engines including Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. While the index does not rank the best programming languages, it is meant to check whether a developer's programming skills are up to date, or to make decisions about what languages should be adopted when building a new software system.
SEE: IT Hiring Kit: Programmer (Tech Pro Research)
PowerShell is typically used for basic scripting, the index noted. The language had only been available for Windows until three years ago, when Microsoft open sourced it.
In 2018, Microsoft released PowerShell Core for the Ubuntu Snap Store, as part of PowerShell Core's release of a snap package. PowerShell Core is open source and runs on all major platforms--likely a major reason why PowerShell is growing in popularity again, the index noted.
To learn more about how to become a developer and the most popular and in-demand programming languages to learn, check out this TechRepublic cheat sheet.
The big takeaways for tech leaders:
- PowerShell reentered the TIOBE index top 50 in March, coming in at no. 45.
- PowerShell's growth in popularity is likely due to Microsoft open sourcing it.
- DevOps: A cheat sheet (TechRepublic)
- 20 pro tips to make Windows 10 work the way you want (TechRepublic download)
- System update policy template download (Tech Pro Research)
- Microsoft Office 365 for business: Everything you need to know (ZDNet)
- The 10 most important iPhone apps of all time (Download.com)
- It takes work to keep your data private online. These apps can help (CNET)
- Programming languages and developer career resources coverage (TechRepublic on Flipboard)