"NEED an entire toolchain to strip out entirely unused code to ship a half-decent website."
You absolutely do not. Define half-decent? "Today's" standard for FULL-decent is CDN dependencies that add "social" callback/spy functions with flat over-the-top css templates that create recursive properties, which you don't control at all as you just plug the API with pseudo "high" level syntax (a.k.a. slow+bloated). If someone is using these callback/spy API's, they're part of a much larger problem, a problem of attitude which can be summarized from a movie called "Boyz n the Hood": Man... I'll suck you're...
Any privacy blocker will show you what it has disabled, check it out sometime, it's about 50% of the runtime. Some sites, mostly music, have been running the same code for nearly a decade. Also, "redesign" today means permanent reflow minus any real features and that reflow will block until all the callback/spy functions have been enabled or disabled. Blocked/unblocked, either way takes too much time for that IRC-in-the-browser which was never hard to begin with (especially with i-frames :-/ ).
I think their results need to be re-considered, especially when compared with The TIOBE Index
This is a LOT closer to what my own observations have been, anecdotally at least. JS and C-pound are just NOT all that popular...
Python doing amazingly well, though. Still, if you want to advertise your skills, and spend time improving them, focusing on C, C++, and Java seem to be your best bets. In My Bombastic Opinion, anyway.
[having a zillion "how do I" posts on stack overflow does NOT a popular lingo make!]
social nudity has experienced an “exponential” growth under lockdown, according to the national naturism society.
A joint SlashData and National Naturism society survey is needed - programming languages used, sans clothing
My two ideas are… raising the suicide rate, and that they must be a way of Hoovering loot out of companies while pretending they are are lean, efficient and absolutely necessary code. No proof or justification needed other than declaring it so. Oddly similar to the current “progressive” narrative where they are right and must be obeyed even if it means declaring gravity doesn’t exist, or that it’s inherently racist, because slaves… Newton.