Yet Another Language Popularity Contest – Web site dataists had an article in december about the popularity of programming languages, using data from StackOverflow and GitHub to measure popularity. Delphi scored high on StackOverflow, but low on GitHub – which probably reflect on the SVN support in Delphi, making SVN more popular than Git for Delphi users. Note that the scales are by rank, and not by relative number of entries.
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I think you should put a link to the data source http://www.dataists.com/2010/12/ranking-the-popularity-of-programming-langauges/ in your article text as well (now the link is only in the image, which for many people is not clear).The source clearly explains the pros and cons of this kind of measurement, and also indicate that soms languages (Delphi, VimL, R) have a much weaker correlation.The comments to the data source are also very interesting reading.I'd love to see a broader comparison (there are many project hosters, as http://code.google.com/p/flossmole/downloads/list shows, but only few community sites – I think only StackOverflow/StackExchange and ExpertsExchange).–jeroen
I updated the my blog entry with a link to the original article. I had put a link below the picture (and the picture itself also links) – but the bottom link didn't show for some reason.Peter – JS and Perl are on the upper right end of the scale.I agree, Olaf. There is little value in this, execept possibly the correlation between Delphi SVN support and less Git usage.Are those that use the languages at the upper right, all early adopters? One possible positive effect of such comparisons is that it expose us to new and lesser known languages, and perhaps also confirm that there still is life in some of the old languages (Fortran in the middle there, but where is Cobol?).
Lack of a free, hobbyist version also certainly plays a role in the lack of Delphi popularity in open-source repository, such a github, I don't think SVN explains the difference.Recent delphi projects aren't that commonplace even on repositories that support SVN such as googlecode, bitbucket, SF, etc.
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