Swift, Apple’s language for MacOS and iOS development, is challenging for a permanent position in the Top 10 of the Tiobe index of programming language popularity, but it has competition from Google’s Go language (Golang) and the R language.

All three languages, however, face obstacles to their ascendance in the index.

The four-year-old Swift was in tenth place in the index in October 2018.

Swift's inabiity to build Google Android applications has had developers instead using cross-platform frameworks, capping Swift's rach, software quality services vendor Tiobe said.

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