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Re: LUI: Language Usage Indicators page

by jarich (Curate)
on Mar 05, 2008 at 23:47 UTC ( #672318=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to LUI: Language Usage Indicators page

Other useful metrics (*much* harder to gather) are:

  • Number of general enrolment courses advertised for a specific period. (It would be better to get information on whether the course was successful, and how many attendees there were, but I don't think training houses are publishing that information ;) ). Also might consider university subjects covering that language.
  • Number of "high quality" books being sold/written for that language. Not necessarily just O'Reilly books, as other publishing houses do make good books too, but let's not include the dodgy ones.
  • Number of (active) language-specific user groups. (Active might have something to do with busy-ness of mailing list and regularity of meetings, or perhaps one or the other).
  • Number of language-specific conferences, or perhaps number of representative talks at "programming" conferences and have a wide selection. Could also consider size of attendance.

It'd be great if it could be done. ;)

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Re^2: LUI: Language Usage Indicators page
by arbingersys (Pilgrim) on Mar 06, 2008 at 15:26 UTC

    I'm kind of starting with the ones that seem reasonably easy to obtain, and then I'll have to branch out from there. As regarding one of your suggestions, I'm currently looking at a community activity metric, through Usenet, mailing lists, etc. I appreciate the feedback.

    A blog among millions.
Re^2: LUI: Language Usage Indicators page
by sundialsvc4 (Abbot) on Mar 07, 2008 at 18:51 UTC

    I've worked extensively with a local community-college, wrestling with the questions of course-development, degree paths, continuing-ed requirements and so forth. I've even contributed a fair number of questions and study-materials to some of those on-line “proficiency exams” that you might take. And the only thing to say is that there's a lot of issues involved in the creation and launch of a new ... product.

    So, you can either “count the buses that are or are-not passing you by,” or you can climb-aboard one of them and be on your way to wherever you've decided that you want to go. “Excuses don't go anywhere.”

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