Saturday, March 04, 2006

Some nice statistics..

In conclusion, if we look at the data available to us, especially as presented in the final, normalized chart above, we can see that there are broad patterns in language usage. Beyond the overall ranking, it is also possible to see whether a language is more used (jobs) or promoted (ads), and also whether it is used for open source projects, where presumably the participants have chosen a language because they feel it is truly the best choice, rather than dictated by management or commercial needs. We feel this is an important sector to keep an eye on, because it's where a lot of interesting things are happening, and because software really is a field in constant evolution, where today's niche player may become tomorrow's giant. These results should also be taken with a grain of salt, because it's obvious that our calculations are based on data that is not extremely accurate, nor detailed. That said, I stand by them, because I think they do correspond to what I see and read in my field.

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