[erlang-questions] What factors correlate with programming language popularity/adoption?
Wed Jul 9 22:36:27 CEST 2014
Mark Allen wrote:
> In this very excellent blog post
> Michael Hicks summarizes some recent research into what makes certain
> programming languages popular and others less so. It especially includes
> recommendations on how to improve adoption of functional programming
One critical note: The metric used was "The *six most popular
languages* used in Sourceforge projects" - as opposed to, say, "lines of
production code." I expect that very little large-scale system
development, or mission-critical system development, shows up on
Not sure how to measure it, but I expect if one looked at MIS and
Financial systems, one would (still) find a predominance of COBOL.
For mission-critical systems you'd probably find a lot of Ada in
aerospace (can you say fly-by-wire?) and SCADA, and a lot of Erlang in
I expect that very different factors influence language selection for
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra
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