Koders.com: Ruby as programmers choice?

Koders.com: Ruby as programmers choice?

Summary: Open-source is what keeps most of the world ticking over. We've got open-source running on super computers, stock exchanges, schools and educational instutitions.


rubylang.pngOpen-source is what keeps most of the world ticking over. We've got open-source running on super computers, stock exchanges, schools and educational instutitions. The enterprise is where it's heading to now, if not already, as a cheaper alternative to heavy software licences.

After data was released on Koders.com, the leading open-source search engine from Black Duck Software, shows that Ruby is slowly but surely increasing amongst developers. Tens of thousands of people each day use Koders.com to search for code from a variety of open-source languages, and shows that Ruby is being used more and more than ever before.

Whilst many will be stuck using PHP, Python, Perl and ASP, Ruby has climbed the ranks of code search since 2004, fourth in line after Java, C/C++ and C#. From the press release sent to me the other day:

"Ruby, used in combination with the Rails framework, is rapidly gaining momentum and will reach 4 million developers worldwide by 2013, according to Mark Driver, research vice president at Gartner Inc. "Moreover, Ruby will enjoy a higher concentration among corporate IT developers than typical, dynamic 'scripting' languages, such as PHP," Driver continued."

Black Duck Software bought Koders.com in April 2008, and the searchable code repository has increased by 33% since. The code repository now surpasses that of SourceForge, CPAN and RubyForge, the dedicated open-source project database for the Ruby programming language.

More information and Ruby statistics can be found from the Koders.com Zietgeist.

Topics: Software Development, Open Source

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  • Kids, Have Your Secret Scheme Decoder Ring Ready

    My sense was that Ruby was the thing two years ago but
    the shine isn't quite what it was. I looked into the language
    and have copies of the canonical books, and I have the
    point of view, that for now, it doesn't offer any practical
    advantage (ubiquity of runtime, library) over java, nor does
    it offer any theoretic advantage over Lisp, SmallTalk and
    Haskell. Your mileage may vary.

    Let me disclaim where I'm a tad loopy: I think that
    functional paradigms in a language are more manifest if
    the notation is foreign. I've been looking into scala and its
    surface resemblance to java gets in the way of seeing its
    advanced features. Ruby's notation, which I think is well
    thought out, is still based on the foo.bar C style and, thus,
    says "Imperative (plus)." Useful, but the temptation is
    for one to build an exotic facade over C++ paradigms and
    then slap on the resume, imprecisely, one more language.
    If you will let me: (define realization (lambda ( ) (print "It's
    hard to think like C when you are using Scheme!"))). That's
    what I thunk.

    Still I did follow the headline in to see if there was
    something new on the subject, though typically I pass over
    Mr. Whittaker's offerings inasmuch as I have found that
    under his by-line there are 9 parts product placement for
    every part of news or insight.

    So in today's installment we get how open source is all
    over the place (this just in!) and that some commercial web
    site, koders.com, has published its visit stats.
    Underwhelmed again.
  • University of Liverpool RULES!

    "Open-source is what keeps most of the world ticking over"

    Really? Could have fooled me...