Semicolon vs Apostrophe Frequency in Computer Languages

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's a table of their frequency.

Semicolon and Apostrophe Frequency in Computer Languages
langsemicolon ;apostrophe '
(single quote)
Java8.0%0.5%
C6.9%0.8%
C++3.5%0.2%
Python0.2%10.6%
Ruby0.3%4.4%
Bash1.1%6.9%
PHP5.1%9.5%
Perl4.9%6.1%
JavaScript5.2%6.8%

see chart at Computer Languages Characters Frequency

If you code {C, C++, Java}, then semicolon is far more frequent.

If you code in {Python, Ruby, Bash}, apostrophe is far more frequent.

If you code in {PHP, Perl, JavaScript}, apostrophe is still more frequent.

And in English, the semicolon is almost never used, apostrophe is used often. (For example, “it's”, “that's”, 'single quotes', ….)

Language Syntax

if you want to look at the syntax of languages, see:

Computer Languages Characters Frequency

See also: Arrow Keys Efficiency: vim HJKL vs IJKL

Keyboard Layouts

Dvorak

International

Layout Efficiency

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