REPOST: Re: Python Popularity, python at sourceforge

Roeland Rengelink r.b.rigilink at chello.nl
Mon Dec 31 12:38:27 CET 2001


Hi Jeffrey,

Be carefull not to read too much in what I said, which, despite the
length of the post, was very little.

Jeffrey Drake wrote:
> 
> I believe your statistic draw the wrong conclusion as well.
> 

I had 4 general conclusions:

1. Python is the smallest of the 6 languages discussed here.
2. Python is currently growing slower than PHP and Java, but faster 
   than C and Perl.
   - Python has only been gaining on Perl for the last 6 months
   - the difference in growth w.r.t PHP and Java may be getting smaller
3. Java is more cross-platform than Python. Perl, C, C++ are less.
4. There is no clear evidence for Python's ease of development.

I admitted in a previous post that 4 was very carelessly worded. From
your post however, it's difficult to see which of these conclusions you
think is wrong.

> From what I saw you don't make any notice to what the languages are
> commonly used for.
> 

Nope, I haven't said anything about this. Which makes it difficult to be
wrong about it (even though 99% of what I don't say is nonsense)

> (this list maybe wrong, or a little off)
> PHP is primarily a web language.
> Java is primarily used for user interfaces on websites and gui.
> Perl is both web language and console, but usually not gui interface.
> C++ and C are completely general in their scope, however usually
>         aren't used for web
> 
> Python is also quite general, save the purpose of including it in
>         other programs (like inside C/C++ programs)
> 
> As said before Ruby is growing popularity, I believe it is also
> general.
> 
> Lua isn't mentioned either, its purpose is almost exclusively for
>         inclusion in programs
> 

Well, I didn't mention a lot of languages, many of which have far more
sourceforge projects than Ruby

Lua isn't mentioned on sourceforge at all.

For a list of languages see:

http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php?form_cat=160

> If your statistics were based on types of usage, they may mean more
> 

Definitely. Unfortunately it is somewhat difficult to get an indication
of project type from the summary given in the sourceforge trove. Not
impossible by any means, just more work than I cared to put into this.

> Regards,
> Jeffrey Drake
> 
Regards,

Roeland

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