D enters Tiobe top 20

Mark Rousell mark.rousell at signal100.com
Tue Nov 5 04:00:02 UTC 2019

On 04/11/2019 09:03, RazvanN via Digitalmars-d wrote:
> Good news, everyone!
> D has entered the Tiobe top 20 ranking of programming languages [1],
> landing on the 18th position. I have been keeping an eye on this
> index, and it is for the first time that I see this happening.

Not that I am advocating gaming the Tiobe ranking protocol but I note
that "ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide,
courses and third party vendors. Popular search engines such as Google,
Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate
the ratings."

The above being so, a quick win for a language that wished to raise its
Tiobe ranking and thus its general profile would be for its community to
post lots of "course" (i.e. tutorial) videos on YouTube. It is possible
that a series of videos, constituting a course, might be better still.
This would potentially increase the ranking directly based upon YouTube
hits. If language community blogs and forums could then link to these
YouTube courses then this would, in turn, increase the language's
ranking on Google, Bing, and so on. Wikipedia articles linking to the
YouTube courses would also be beneficial.

Just a thought.

It is ironic that an increased Tiobe ranking (amongst others) can, in
and of itself, increase the genuine user base of a language. (As,
perhaps, with the community hype around Rust).

Mark Rousell

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