Just a few months after it was introduced at WWDC 2014, Apple’s Swift programming language continues to generate a large interest with developers. Based on recently released rankings, Swift has become the 22nd most popular programming language around. Research firm RedMonk found developer interest in Apple’s Swift increased dramatically since its debut in June, jumping over 46 spots in the last two quarters in its semi-annual programming language rankings.

The company’s results are compiled as a function of the number of active GitHub projects and tags counted in Stack Overflow. The report goes on to note that Swift’s level of growth is ‘essentially unprecedented’ as compared against other languages. The prime example was Google’s “Go” which was introduced in 2009 and only now hit top-20 status. It should be noted that though the rankings aren’t indicative of commercial market trends, the results offer a broad overview of individual developer interest. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:

When we see dramatic growth from a language it typically has jumped somewhere between 5 and 10 spots, and the closer the language gets to the Top 20 or within it, the more difficult growth is to come by. And yet Swift has gone from our 68th ranked language during Q3 to number 22 this quarter, a jump of 46 spots.
For those of you who didn’t know, Swift was announced at WWDC 2014 and came as a surprise to many. The iOS- and Mac-centric tool reached 1.0 status and was distributed in September as part of Xcode 6.0. More recently Apple and IBM partnered up and turned to Swift to build 100 enterprise apps with corresponding services in a watershed collaboration. RedMonk expects Swift to maintain its growth and breach the top 20 by the time its next report comes out in the third quarter. We’ll have to wait and see if this turns out to be true by being patient.

Source: RedMonk