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"This pattern repeated for almost every language I looked at: it seems to take roughly a decade of quiet, steady improvement and dissemination before a new language really takes off."

It does help when the company who created the language is Google and they start using it in significant products like Kubernetes. :-)

Kubernetes was almost written in Java. That it was written in Go instead was motivated in part by Docker choosing Go, which Google wasn't part of.

Fad driven development then.

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