[sf-perl] perl popularity, TIOBE index
fred at redhotpenguin.com
Thu May 12 14:14:43 PDT 2011
On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM, Jonathan Swartz <swartz at pobox.com> wrote:
> There's a lot on the net about how flawed TIOBE is. But I haven't heard of anything much more useful either.
> Here's one starting point:
Another is here:
Here is how the ratings are calculated. So every time you open up
'Programming Perl' to look up something, or run 'perldoc -f', TIOBE
does not factor that usage into their calcuations.
The ratings are calculated by counting hits of the most popular search
engines. The search query that is used is
This search query is executed for the top 6 websites of Alexa that
meet the following conditions:
The entry page of the site contains a search facility
The result of querying the site contains an indication of the number
of page hits
Based on these criteria currently Google (32%), YouTube (10%), Yahoo!
(3%), Bing (3%), Wikipedia (16%), Blogger (32%) and Baidu (3%) are
used as search engines.
> On May 12, 2011, at 1:54 PM, Philip J. Hollenback wrote:
>> I'm interested in hearing what people think of the TIOBE programming
>> community index:
>> If their analysis is valid (I have no idea) then the long-term prospects
>> for perl developers look poor.
>> Philip J. Hollenback
>> philiph at pobox.com
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