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cross-compiling and popularity

Apropos nothing, here is a visualization of programming language popularity compared to interest in cross-compiling between various languages:

popularity vs. crosscompiling interest


  • Unsurprisingly, C is a popular target to compile to.
  • Popularity doesn't necessarily correlate with cross-compiler interest. Look at Objective-C and Javascript, for example -- Javascript isn't as hot as Objective-C, but everybody wants to compile down to Javascript.
  • Nobody wants to compile to Bash.

About the visualization

Popularity is represented by color, with data from good ol' TIOBE 2013.

Interest in cross-compiling between languages is represented by node and edge size, using data based on the number of results from search engine queries like "compile c++ to ada" or "c++ to ada compiler".