Well, I like the Groovy language in general. This language has nice pragmatic applications and all other related “cookie”, but it looks like other languages, Scala especially, are more popular or trendy.
The actual motivation was based on the numbers provided byhttps://libraries.io
Here we have the next numbers projects per language (on Github)
- Golang — 352K
- Ruby – 73K
- Java — 44.5K
- Python — 35.9K
- Clojure — 11.2K
- Scala — 10.1K
- C — 5.29K
- Haskell — 4.71K
- Shell — 3.61K
- Groovy — 729 (WTF? What? Why?)
I do not understand why Github has so few Groovy based projects. But, let’s double check these numbers.
About Groovy Language ecosystem
If somebody asks you about Groovy the next projects come up to your mind:
Can you name some other “popular” Groovy projects? Well, maybe awesome-groovy can help.
This language rating is very strange because it’s not aligned with other trends. But, it’s better to have it for comparison.
Groovy is 17 , Scala — 32. It’s strange result.
GitHut is an attempt to visualize and explore the complexity of the universe of programming languages used across the repositories hosted on GitHub.
Indeed Job Trends
Stackoverflow Developer Survey
% of developers who are not developing with the language or tech but have expressed interest in developing with it
Make it rain! Cloud technology pays big bucks. So does tech frequently used in finance. Spark, Scala, Cassandra, and F# top the list of the top paying technologies. (This year’s list looks a lot like last year’s list.)
As you can see Groovy has some issues in popularity. I don’t understand why.
GitHub Repos Analysis
Let’s define some baseline for further analysis based on popular Java repos
- JUnit 4 — ☆4847, fork 1905
- JUnit 5— ☆419, fork 77
- Google Guava— ☆9108, fork 2109
- Spring Framework —☆ 8824, fork 7286
- Apache Groovy — ☆ 1135, fork 409
- Netflix/asgard — ☆2091, fork 415 (Asgard is deprecated at Netflix)
- gradle/gradle — ☆ 3483, fork 1374
- grails/grails-core– ☆ 1789, fork 805
- ratpack/ratpack — ☆ 1075, fork 253
- rundeck/rundeck– ☆1332, fork 307 (Job scheduler and runbook automation)
- betamaxteam/betamax — ☆ 300, fork 107
- scala/scala — ☆6127 , fork 1541
- apache/spark — ☆ 8511, fork 7906
- playframework– ☆ 7855, fork 2726
- akka/akka– ☆5504 , fork1712
- twitter/finagle-☆4614, fork 870
- openzipkin/zipkin-☆3537, fork 493
- scalatra/scalatra-☆1924 , fork 274
- rails/rails– ☆31119, fork 12608
- expressjs/express– ☆25105 , fork 4731
- docker/docker– ☆ 31206, fork 8874
- kubernetes/kubernetes — ☆ 14371, fork 4319
- github/hub-☆8447 , fork 754
You should make your own conclusion base on this data.
I don’t understand why Groovy is not in trend. But numbers show the general picture.
Looking forward for your thoughts
- A Comprehensive Analysis: Java vs Scala
- The Adventurous Developer’s Guide to JVM Languages