GITHUB has released figures showing the accelerating pace of open source programming languages.
Postings to GitHub's code repository aren't an absolute science in terms of who is using what, but it holds up a pretty good mirror to the landscape.
CSS has shot up from nowhere in 2012 to sixth place in 2015, while, after a lull, C# use has jumped to eighth, after dropping to 10th last year.
One explanation for these figures is down to big firms like Google, and particularly Microsoft, adopting GitHub. Google previously had its own code repository which has since been closed and migrated to GitHub, while Microsoft has changed its attitude to open source, handing over the entire .NET framework to a separate foundation and open sourcing reams of code.
IBM, too, has been instrumental in posting to GitHub. Over 250,000 lines of code aimed at improving Linux support in the Power chip architecture were posted this week, and its entire Machine Learning language was donated to the open source community earlier this year.
On the rise of Java, GitHub ventured: "Between 2008 and 2015 GitHub gained the most traction in the Java community, which changed in rank from seventh to second.
"Possible contributing factors to this growth could be the growing popularity of Android and the increasing demand for version control platforms at businesses and enterprises."
GitHub also pointed out that Ruby on Rails was one of the first available platforms it supported and therefore had the furthest to fall from grace. µ
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