For the first time ever, VB.Net cracked the Tiobe Index's 10 most popular languages, grabbing the 10th spot in February with a 1.798 percent share. The language's placement was surprising because many software engineers have refused to migrate to VB.Net, the successor to the "well-beloved, classic Visual Basic 6.0 version," Tiobe said. It also was unexpected because Microsoft seems to have slowed down development of VB.Net. "For example, the latest Visual Studio version 2013 doesn't contain any new VB.net language features," Tiobe said.
"Sometimes I am surprised to see that there is still such a large community for some languages. Take classic Visual Basic. There are still a lot of fans around. Today I received another mail from such a fan," Tiobe Managing Director Paul Jansen said.
However, this month's share for VB.Net was less than the 1.969 percent share it claimed last November or the 1.844 share in October. But the general trend is up, Jansen said, following January's figure of 1.557 percent. Tiobe used to group VB.Net with classic Visual Basic. "Now that VB.Net is treated as a separate entry it shows a steady growth," Tiobe said. Jansen previously has speculated that improved fortunes for Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile platform were boosting Microsoft programming languages.
RedMonk looks at the number of tags associated with a specific language on Stack Overflow, as well as the number of GitHub repositories pertaining to a language. Tags on Stack Overflow are keywords or labels used to categorize questions about languages. "We believe by and large the more tags associated with a given language, the more interest in discussion of that language," RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady said.
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