Thursday, December 14, 2006

More Ruby / Rails trend indicators

After learning of the TIOBE Programming Community index mentioned in this post a few days ago, I've kept my eyes open for other trend indicators showing trends related to Ruby and Rails. Here are a few more:
  • Google trends, showing a trend history for the search term "Ruby on Rails".
  • A book sale graph comparing trends between various languages.
  • Indeed.com shows a nice graph of the Trend of Ruby on Rails jobs postings.
  • Monster.com currently shows 135 postings for Rails jobs, 335 postings for Ruby jobs. By way of comparison, Delphi shows 329, Python shows 906, and C#, Java, PHP, and Perl all show 1000 or more.
  • Dice.com (filterd for the U.S.A.) shows 181 postings for Rails jobs, 286 for Ruby. By way of comparison, Delphi shows 171, Python shows 853, C# shows 6,045, .Net shows 8,347, Java shows 15,122, and J2EE shows 7,674.
Today, my own observation of shelf space allocated to any given programming language at the local mega bookstore showed the following:
  • 6 shelves of books on .NET languages (C#, ASP.NET, VB).
  • 3 shelves of books on Java and J2EE.
  • 1 shelf of PHP books.
  • 1/2 shelf of Ruby/Rails books (a nice increase from the 2-3 books available earlier this year).
  • 1/2 shelf of Python books.
These are all crude indicators, but in combination provide a good view of the emerging Ruby/Rails development community. I'll revisit these numbers in the future to monitor the trend.

5 comments:

Trainer said...

28 Ruby on Rails books

14 Ruby books

Ben Kittrell said...

Very cool post. To me one of the best indicators of Rails' adoption is the retaliation against it. Proponents of other languages are quick to defend themselves because they know it really is a threat.

Obviously it wont obliterate other market shares, but I do believe Rails will give them a run for their money.

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nice site for more books I have some more gifts..



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