xah lee (xah_lee) wrote in lisp,
xah lee

pop langs website ranking

while doing my website's traffic report, i did some research on major computer lang or tech website ranking. Here's the result ranked by alexa.com (some non-lang tech sites are given just for comparison):

Php.net             550  (largely due to online doc and forum)
sun.com             900  (java doc and forum)
java.com           1122
slashdot.com       1223  (forum)
Mysql.com          1296  (online doc, forum)
gnu.org            7328  (massive docs, mailing list archives)
wolfram.com        9065  (online doc, mathworld etc)
Python.org         9410  (python doc and prob forums)
Perl.org          26067  (perl doc, forum)
paulgraham.com    48153  (lisp bigwig, but huh?)
Perl.com          49104
haskell.org      118703
novig.com        130568  (lisp bigwig)
franz.com        292598
lispworks.com    377906   (common lisp doc)
Gigamonkeys.com  529551   (pop common lisp book)
schemers.org     880284

The list is not that surprising.

Many top ones are due to the popularity of the lang, but also because their site hosts the lang's documentation and discussion forum (or wiki,blogs). Hosting a web forum are likely to increase traffic some 10 or 100 fold.


• paulgraham.com is unusually high. What's up with that?

• python.org at 9k seems also unusally high, compare that perl.org with online doc and forum is only 26k. Python.org has mailing list archives... maybe blogs too but am not sure it has forums... still the gab seems surprising. Even perl is not much talked about these days, but i'm guessing its market share is at least still 10 or 100 times of python...

If any one so wishes, add entries to the above list.
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