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The Internet of Things re-ignites demand for assembly language skills

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July 11, 2016

In the last 6 to 8 months, it looks like the Internet of Things (IoT) is re-igniting demand for assembly language skills in the industry.

Software consultancy TIOBE's Programming Community Index has turned up the re-emergence of assembly programming in its monthly index.

While the top-five are no surprise: Java, C, C++, Python and C#, the consultancy's post expresses surprise that something so difficult and arcane as assembly would make the index unless it was driven by necessity. And we can all understand that.

Therefore, it tags the global movement to put chips in really unusual places just to boast that the device is connected to the web.

“Of course, the only reasonable explanation for all of this is that the number of very small devices that are only able to run assembly code is increasing,” the consultancy suggests.

To be sure, assembly language hit the top ten list for the first time in a very *long* time, and that places it ahead of languages like Ruby (11 th), Swift or Objective-C (14 th and 15 th, respectively), or the inveterate COBOL (at 19 th place).

So, if you you can make sense of the assembly language source code that landed at Github over the weekend, your day in the sun is on its way.

Source: Tiobe Software Consultants.

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