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Delicious Bookmarks for February 29th from 11:53 to 21:49

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Analyzing the Popularity and Install Base of Various Programming Languages


We’ve been having some discussions at work recently, trying to determine what programming languages & frameworks to use on a new project we’ll be ramping up shortly. It’s always fun to have these discussions because there really is an amazing amount of choice available today. It also can be exhausting because everyone has their favorites, and people can tend to get wrapped up in what they want to do vs. what’s the right choice.

Me? I try to be somewhere in the middle, but it’s human nature to want to stay with what you know, and have your choices picked.

So it can be a bit of a balancing act trying to stay objective. It’s usually best to try and focus on the data where possible and not get into discussions about less concrete aspects. To that end, I’ve found the following sites pretty helpful in putting programming language popularity into perspective.



The first site on my list is TIOBE. I’d never heard of this site until recently. A good friend of mine, James, suggested it. It would seem to offer the most accurate analysis of where programming languages are with respect to one another. You can see how various programming languages stack up against each other and whether they’re rising or falling year over year.


The next site on my list is langpop. It takes a more traditional approach of looking at which languages are “popular”. This is a loaded word, but I like langpop’s approach of assessing popularity by looking at the following areas:

  • Yahoo Search results for “language programming”
  • Job postings on Craigslist – language programmer -”job wanted” site:craigslist.org
  • Programming Language Books available on Powell’s Books
  • Projects on Freshmeat via their new API
  • Google Code Search
  • Data from Del.icio.us“language programming”
  • Data from Ohlohnumber of people committing code in a particular language
  • Data from programming.reddit.com
  • Data from Slashdot
  • Freenode IRC – number of users per a given programming languages channel every few hours
  • plus others….

Builtwith is another site that I find useful, but its focus isn’t just programming languages. It has a mix of languages, frameworks, widgets, and platforms, such as JQuery, Apache, Amazon CloudFront, etc. The interface doesn’t really allow you to compare specific solutions but it is helpful in seeing if a particular technology is trending up or down and also what types of penetration a technology has over another. There is a lot of data to mull over however, and it’s definitely worth a look.

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Delicious Bookmarks for February 28th from 13:21 to 13:57

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Delicious Bookmarks for February 27th through February 28th

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[one-liner]: Installing Adobe Flash Player 11.1 on Fedora 14 64bit


While processing some updates on my Fedora 14 (x86_64) laptop the other day, Adobe Flash Player inexplicably stopped working. Looks like there’s a 64bit version of flash now available. Not sure when this happened, but I was using a 32bit version of flash, wrapped so that it would work with 64bit. For whatever reason the upgraded version of flash no longer worked, so I took the opportunity to back out the 32bit version, and switch to the 64bit one.


Here’s what I did:

## Adobe Repository 64-bit x86_64 ##
% rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
% rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux
## remove and install
% yum remove flash-plugin
% yum install flash-plugin nspluginwrapper alsa-plugins-pulseaudio libcurl

This tutorial on if-not-true-then-false.com proved helpful in figuring out why my 32bit version stopped working and how to upgraded to the x86_64 version.


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