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In other words, TypeScript should be on the list of languages to understand. As RedMonk noted in March, the growing number of projects helps explain why TypeScript's "trajectory is significant and sustainable" and won't just fade away like many other languages.
Microsoft's hit with TypeScript comes as its open-source cross-platform code editor Visual Studio Code, or VS Code, finds a sweet spot with developers across the world, rising from being used by 500,000 developers in 2016 to 4.5 million in 2019.
In Amazon's cloud service, AWS, serverless computing is developed under the Lambda brand, while in Microsoft's world it's called Azure Functions. Google and IBM call it 'Cloud Functions' under their company names.
"We were surprised to discover that fully 33 percent of developers are using the still relatively new 'serverless' technique, also known as Cloud Functions or Lambdas," say npm developers.
However, npm also found that 46 percent are using it to write code for native apps that run on mobile and desktop systems.
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