Hey, Swift developers! You can now build Windows apps

Swift developers can now build apps for Windows using their language of choice.

In a blog post, Swift Core team member Saleem Abdulrasool announced the release of Swift toolchain images for Windows.

The toolchains contain various components required for building and running Swift code on Microsoft’s operating system.

Apparently, it’s taken over a year’s worth of work to port Swift to Windows.

“Porting Swift to Windows is not about simply...

Research: One in four people learnt to code during COVID-19 lockdown

Some people who found themselves with extra time during the COVID-19 lockdown put it to good use.

Research from digital transformation firm BoxBoat suggests that around one in four people spent time learning coding languages during the lockdown.

The most commonly learned programming language was Python, followed by Java and C++.

The greatest motivations for people setting out to improve their skills were career development (55%), personal development (46%),...

China blocks MIT’s kid-friendly programming language Scratch

China’s kids have been blocked from accessing the first programming language of many young developers, Scratch.

Greatfire, an organisation which monitors China’s infamous Great Firewall web censorship, found that Scratch’s website has been blocked since at least August 20th.

One user on Scratch’s forum noted that the site was blocked on August 14th. The suspected reason for the CCP’s decision to block the website is a video published on August 11th, but several...

Julia developers reveal continued affinity for Python – and would otherwise use it

Half of what this article will say is not meaningless: a new user survey from the arbiters of dynamic programming language Julia has underlined the importance of Python for its community, as well as wider data science applications.

The results were based on a poll of more than 2,500 users and developers of the MIT-created language in June. Python was clear as the second placed language - behind Julia, of course - both in terms of usage and appreciation.

58% of those...

Python holds its ground as Java slides in Redmonk’s language rankings

Programming language Python has had a good week, but the same can't be said for Java.

In language rankings this month released by IEEE, Python ranked number one with a comfortable lead ahead of Java. It's similar news in Redmonk's rankings this week.

Redmonk's biannual rankings measures GitHub pull requests and Stack Overflow queries over a period of six months to get an idea of the popularity of various programming languages.

JavaScript remains in top place...

IEEE Spectrum: Python is the top programming language of 2020

The latest IEEE Spectrum shows Python retaining its lead to be the top programming language of 2020.

First created 30 years ago in 1990, Python's popularity has surged in recent years thanks to it being ideally suited for artificial intelligence and web development. Many schools also teach Python because it's considered a relatively easy language for beginners.

IEEE's rankings are interactive to take into account the unique needs and interests of each programmer. On...

TIOBE Index July: Programming language R climbs up the rankings

The July 2020 edition of the TIOBE Index reveals an interesting climb in the popularity of programming language R.

R is a statistical language which notably crashed out of the top 20 in TIOBE’s Index for the first time in three years in May.

"A possible reason for this is that statistical programming is finding its way from university to industry nowadays, and Python is more accepted by the industry," TIOBE mulled in May.

R has made a remarkable recovery to...

TIOBE Index: Rust enters the top 20 for the first time, C extends its lead

The June 2020 edition of the TIOBE Index provides its usual fascinating insights into the popularity of programming languages.

For those not yet accustomed to the TIOBE Index – a forewarning that it attempts to measure how popular various languages are; rather than how “loved” they are, or their performance.

That said, StackOverflow recently surveyed its developer community and found the almost decade-old language Rust to be "the most loved programming language"...

Research: Interest in COBOL surges like it’s the 60s

Research from job site Indeed has shown a surge in interest for the COBOL programming language.

COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) was first created in 1959 and usage of the language has dwindled over years. Today, you'll only really find the language used by businesses for sexy things like processing forms and payments systems.

Indeed's research shows a large uptick in the number of people seeking COBOL jobs on its website. The careers site noted this increase...

Study: Demand for AR/VR devs surges, Go is the most in-demand language

Careers website Hired has posted its latest annual “State of Software Engineers” report which highlights some fascinating industry trends.

The most notable statistic in this year's report is an 1400 percent surge in demand for AR/VR talent. Given the release of acclaimed headsets like the Oculus Quest, and the anticipated release of a PSVR 2 later this year, it's perhaps unsurprising to see demand growing so rapidly.

Salaries for AR/VR jobs range from...