Language Popularity Index 02
The Transparent Language Popularity Index
The measurement of programming language popularity suffers two common problems that are probably the same for most market studies:
1. The study depends on arbitrary choices on what to measure: blogs, book sales, wikis, open-source projects, jobs or videos ? Or which mix of all that ?
2. The study may depend on cumbersome semi-manual methods with their own problems:
* if the method is too complex, nobody will try to verify the results
* mistakes may remain undetected
* when a mistake becomes evident, one may either correct it but must admit and explain that the results were wrong for a long time, or postpone or smooth the correction.
The first problem has no real solution since it is a question of definition. However, a fully parametrizable measurement tool may help discussing the various aspects of that definition.
We have a solution to the second problem: the tool behind the Language Popularity Index is fully automatic.
Moreover, you can easily verify the results:
* all results, including intermediary ones, are published
* a detailed results grid let you verify individual queries just by clicking the results
* you can download and build the automatic tool and run it yourself.