[Python-Dev] Re: Re: 2.4 news reaches interesting places
jhylton at gmail.com
Mon Dec 13 17:49:03 CET 2004
On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 11:30:45 -0500 (EST), Stephan Deibel
<sdeibel at wingware.com> wrote:
> For example, a September article in InfoWorld said "But the big winner
> this time around is the object-oriented scripting language Python, which
> saw a 6 percent gain in popularity, almost doubling last year's results."
Can we extrapolate from the numbers here to get an estimate of how
many Python developers there are? I was asked for that number at
workshop a few months ago and I didn't have any idea how to answer.
Is there a good answer?
Two possibilities come to mind. 1) 14% of developers in the survey
work at companies that use Python. How many developers are there?
Assume that 14% of them use Python. But what's a good estimate for
"number of developers." Pretty rough -- number of survey respondents
at company != number of Python programmers at company, and %age
companies != %age of programmers. 2) 64% of companies use Java, 4.5
times more than Python. Find out how many Java programmers there are,
divide by 4.5.
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