pop langs website ranking

greg greg at cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Mon Feb 11 09:56:05 CET 2008

xahlee at gmail.com wrote:
> Many top ones are due to the popularity of the lang, but also because
> their site hosts the lang's documentation and discussion forum (or
> wiki,blogs). Hosting a web forum are likely to increase traffic some
> 10 or 100 fold.

I think this goes to show that you can't really use the hit
rate of a language's web site as a measure of the language's
popularity. Lots of hits on the docs and forum might mean,
for example, that the language is very confusing and hard
to use, so people need to go looking for help a lot.

 From that point of view, a *low* hit rate on the Python
web site could be seen as a good sign. :-)


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