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Objective-C has been pegged as the tenth most-used computer language in the world, according to the TIOBE Programming Community Index.

TIOBE wrote: “Despite the fact that Objective-C only gained 0.08% last month, it has entered the top 10 for the first time. This is quite an achievement, especially if one bears in mind that only 13 different programming languages had a top 10 score since the start of the TIOBE index in June 2001. The main (and probably only) reason for Objective-C’s popularity is that it is the only language in which you can write applications for the iPhone or iPad. From a programming language point of view, Objective-C (born in 1986) offers no new interesting features.”

Index here.

I think it is safe to say that we’re going to see the growth of exploits (Trojans?) written in Objective-C and exploits targeting applications written in Objective-C. The target, of course will be iPhones and iPads and other devices that use apps created in Objective-C.

TIOBE says its name is an acronym for ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest,’ taken from the comic play written by Oscar Wilde in the 1890s. The site says: “By choosing this name, the founders of TIOBE Software emphasize their sincere and professional attitude towards customers, suppliers and colleagues.”

If you’ve ever read or seen the play, that name could hint at a wild and crazy corporate culture. The play is pretty whacky and Oscar Wilde was timelessly over-the-top funny.

Tom Kelchner