PHP Becoming Mainstream: I’ve always been fascinating by an analysis of book sales as an indicator of language adoption. My “how much shelf space is it getting at Barnes and Noble” test correctly predicted the ascendance of both Python and Ruby.
As such, I find this interesting.
We’ve noticed that one of the signs that a language is becoming mainstream (and perhaps being abandoned by the cutting edge developers) is that the For Dummies book becomes the top seller.
[…] In Q1 of 2005, the Dummies book was #7; in Q1 2006, #5; in Q1 2007 it’s #1. Not only is the Dummies book now #1, four of the top five titles are now introductory.