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Programming Language Popularity

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See Part Five

Despite the numerous ways in existence to quantify programming language popularity, I thought I’d throw yet another one into the mix. I made a number of Google searches of the forms below and averaged the results:

"implemented in <language>"
"written in <language>"

I’m very curious to see how these stats change over time, so I’ve added a calendar item to recompute them in six months. Leave a comment if you’d like to add a programming language to the list, and I’ll update this article and it will be included in the recomputation six months from now.

Language # Results
C 1,905,500
Java 850,000
C++ 699,000
PHP 680,000
Python 396,000
Perl 365,500
C# 349,700
Lisp Family1 176,507
JavaScript 102,700
Ruby 99,650
Scheme 86,450
Lisp 61,900
Tcl 44,800
ML Family2 29,062
Haskell 22,550
Erlang 22,285
OCaml 22,000
Common Lisp 20,600
Prolog 17,750
Lua 13,065
Smalltalk 9,105
Arc 6,775
Forth 6,465
(S)ML3 5,173
Scala 3,570
Caml 1,889
Io 1,760
Clojure 782

1 combines Lisp, Scheme, Common Lisp, Arc & Clojure
2 combines OCaml, (S)ML, Caml
3 summed separate searches for sml and ml
Update 4/23/09 added C#, Tcl per comment requests.

Written by Brian Adkins

April 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm

jQuery in Action

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jQuery in Action cover image I just finished “jQuery in Action” by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz. It’s an excellent book on the jQuery JavaScript library. The book comes with a number of example labs to try out various jQuery/JavaScript techniques w/o having to write a lot of code.

There’s plenty of jQuery information online, but “jQuery in Action” easily paid for itself in saved time in getting me up to speed quickly. It’s nicely organized, well written and the editing/quality control seems to be higher than many tech books (although that bar isn’t very high!). It also has a brief, 20 page, tutorial on JavaScript that you may find helpful.

jQuery may not satisfy the zealots on comp.lang.javascript, but I’ve found it to be an excellent JavaScript library thus far, and I think this book was the fastest way to becoming proficient.

Written by Brian Adkins

January 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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Functional Features in JavaScript on Firefox

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I was reading an article about adding code to JavaScript to make it more functional, and one of the blog commenters mentioned some built-in features that were added to JavaScript 1.6 & 1.7 on Firefox, so I checked out the links (see below) – very cool stuff.

  • Array methods

    • indexOf
    • lastIndexOf
    • every
    • filter
    • forEach
    • map
    • some
  • Array & String generics
  • Generators & Iterators
  • Array Comprehensions
  • Block Scope w/ let
  • Destructuring Assignment
  • etc.

They won’t help if you have to target IE also, but it should be possible to conditionally include your own code to implement the ones that don’t require syntactic changes for pages loaded from IE. That would reduce network load for customers using Firefox.

New in JavaScript 1.6 (Firefox 1.5)

New in JavaScript 1.7 (Firefox 2.0)

Hopefully IE will catch up someday, but if not, I can see taking advantage of Firefox specific JavaScript enhancements for niche applications. Firefox is so easy to install, that it should be easy to convince customers to use it for certain custom applications.

Written by Brian Adkins

October 7, 2007 at 12:01 am

Greasemonkey Script for Netflix Half Star Ratings

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I wrote an article back in May about a way to give half star ratings on Netflix. It had the advantage of working in any browser and not requiring any software installation, but it wasn’t very user friendly.

Since then, I’ve been doing a lot of JavaScript coding, so I thought I’d give Greasemonkey a try. I found a script here to give half-star ratings, but I didn’t care for the hover captions and JSLint pointed out a few issues, so I cleaned it up a little:


// ==UserScript==
// @name Netflix Half Stars
// @description allows half star user ratings on Netflix
// @include http://*netflix.com/*
// ==/UserScript==
// http://userscripts.org/scripts/review/8118
// Modified by Brian Adkins

if (!unsafeWindow.sbHandler) { return; }

var sbHandler = unsafeWindow.sbHandler;
sbHandler.sbOffsets = [8,18,27,37,46,56,65,75,84,94];

sbHandler.displayStrings[0.5] = ".5 stars";
sbHandler.displayStrings[1.5] = "1.5 stars";
sbHandler.displayStrings[2.5] = "2.5 stars";
sbHandler.displayStrings[3.5] = "3.5 stars";
sbHandler.displayStrings[4.5] = "4.5 stars";

sbHandler.sbImages[0.5] = new Image();
sbHandler.sbImages[0.5].src = sbHandler.imageRoot+"stars_2_5.gif";

for(var i = 2; i < 11; i++) {
sbHandler.sbImages[i/2] = new Image();
sbHandler.sbImages[i/2].src = sbHandler.imageRoot + "stars_2_" +
(Math.floor(i/2)) + (i % 2 === 0 ? "0" : "5") + ".gif";

sbHandler.getStarCount = function (evt) {
var x = unsafeWindow.getElementMouseCoordinate(evt, this.element);

for(var ii = 0; ii < 10; ii++) {
if(x <= this.sbOffsets[ii]) { return (ii + 1) / 2; }

return 0;


Save the JavaScript code with .user.js extension e.g. netflix_halfstar.user.js and then open that file in Firefox and Greasemonkey should prompt you to install it.

Written by Brian Adkins

August 27, 2007 at 4:38 pm

Douglas Crockford: Advanced JavaScript

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Ok, last of the Douglas Crockford videos. These are definitely worth viewing if you program at all in JavaScript. The highlight for me was his presentation of prototypal and parasitic inheritance models and contrasting them with the pseudo-classical approach that is typically presented. I haven’t had time to analyze his approach in depth, but from a single viewing, his ideas certainly merit experimentation and seem to fit in more naturally to the JavaScript language.

I felt he did a good job of presenting natural ways of handling encapsulation, inheritance and code reuse while capitalizing on JavaScript’s strengths instead of trying to impose a class-based design onto the language. He also covered several ways of utilizing closures nicely.

function object(0) {
  function F() {}
  F.prototype = o;
  return new F();
newobject = object(oldobject);

var singleton = function () {
  var privateVariable;
  function privateFunction(x) {
  return {
    firstMethod: function (a,b) {
    secondMethod: function (c) {

Object.prototype.later = function(msec, method) {
  var that = this,
      args = Array.prototype.slice.apply(arguments, [2]);
  if (typeof method === 'string') {
    method = that[method];
  setTimeout(function () {
    method.apply(that, args);
  }, msec);
  return that;

Advanced JavaScript Part 1 of 3
Advanced JavaScript Part 2 of 3
Advanced JavaScript Part 3 of 3

Written by Brian Adkins

May 17, 2007 at 10:38 pm

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Douglas Crockford: Theory of the DOM

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Here’s a set of 3 videos by Douglas Crockford on the DOM that were in between his JavaScript and Advanced JavaScript presentations. Pretty basic material, but you may find a few helpful hints. A few comments:

  1. Comment hack for JavaScript hasn’t been necessary for 10 years!
  2. language=javascript has been deprecated
  3. type=’text/javascript’ is ignored if you use the src attribute
  4. remove any event handlers of a node before deleting it due to MS garbage collection incompetencies
  5. avoid trickling, bubbling is where the action is

Theory of the DOM Part 1 of 3

Theory of the DOM Part 2 of 3

Theory of the DOM Part 3 of 3

Written by Brian Adkins

May 17, 2007 at 7:04 pm

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Douglas Crockford: JavaScript

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Thanks to Jordan Liggitt for passing on some videos on JavaScript by Douglas Crockford who is a senior JavaScript architect at Yahoo! The first series is pretty basic, but if you’re new to the language, it’s a very good introduction. Here are some random items I thought were noteworthy:

  • Brendan Eich at Netscape originally wanted to make a dialect of Scheme, but his manager said that people wouldn’t accept “all those parentheses”, and he should make something with a friendlier syntax. Too bad, I would love to able to program Scheme in the browser
  • Brendan did sneak in lambda though, he just didn’t call it that 🙂
  • No separate character type, just strings of length 1
  • == and != do type coercion; === and !== do not
  • bitwise operators convert to a 32 bit signed integer and then back to a 64 bit float, so don’t use them for efficiency like you might in C
  • don’t use the with statement
  • be careful with for (var name in object) due to iteration of inherited members also
  • blocks don’t have scope, only functions do
  • vars are implicitly global if not declared
  • 4 ways to call a function

    1. functionObject(args)
    2. thisObject.methodName(args)
    3. new functionObject(args)
    4. functionObject.apply(thisObject[, args])
  • don’t use eval except for trusted JSON
  • http://www.JSLint.com a tool Crockford wrote
  • Semicolon insertion: when the compiler sees an error, it attempts to replace a nearby linefeed with a semicolon and try again! Always use the full correct form including semicolon. This was a surprise to me because once I discovered semicolons were optional, I stopped using them for a cleaner look. Oops.

The JavaScript Programming Language Part 1 of 4
The JavaScript Programming Language Part 2 of 4
The JavaScript Programming Language Part 3 of 4
The JavaScript Programming Language part 4 of 4

I’ll post another entry after I go through Crockford’s advanced series.

Written by Brian Adkins

May 17, 2007 at 3:26 pm

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