ASP.Net on a Roll: O’Reilly indicates that ASP 2.0 is the hot technology these days.
Based on book sales data, it looks like ASP.Net 2.0 is on fire, with ASP-related book sales up 53% since the same period a year ago, versus PHP, down 3%, and JSP, down 25%. Of course, Ruby on Rails didn’t exist a year ago, and it now represents a market that is 1/6 the size of the PHP and ASP book markets, and all that generated by a single book (versus 50-60 titles each for PHP and ASP.) Still, our numbers indicate a lot of enthusiasm for ASP 2.0.
I’m programming with ASP.Net right now. While it’s nice for some things, I certainly wouldn’t pick it over PHP or Rails for a public Web site, but that’s just me. (However, this particular application is on a Windows-based intranet, for which it’s a no-brainer.)
I’ve always had a theory that you can pick the next big things by watching the amount of shelf space they get at the local Barnes and Noble. I watched both Python and Ruby books first appear, then slowly grow over the course of about two years, into what they are today. Barnes and Noble is the first place I noticed either of them.
Lately I see persistance in a book about Lua. Maybe this is next?