There is a new google toy as of today: Google Trends. So of course, I wanted to see how PHP is faring on the trendy landscape. Here is a comparison of PHP, Java, C#, and Perl:
PHP Java C# Perl
PHP seems to be holding steady, or slightly declining. But, Java is waning, as I discussed in Why isn’t PHP the natural successor to Java?. C# seems to be steady and slightly increasing, while Perl is steady and slightly decreasing. So where are those Java programmers going if not PHP? Are they going to Ruby and Ruby on Rails?
Java Ruby Ruby on Rails
It looks like Ruby and Ruby on Rails are tiny fish in Java’s pond. Perhaps those Java developers are going to C# or one of Microsoft’s unsearchable variants. It would be interesting to see the MSN search trends. However, there is one area where Ruby on Rails seems to be doing well:
Struts Ruby on Rails framework
It used to be that most of the PHP frameworks were cloning Struts. Now they clone Rails. There is an increasing interest in frameworks.
There are countries where PHP is more popular. Here is the PHP vs. Java chart for the Netherlands. Right at the end, PHP beats out Java. Search, Derick. Search.
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DISCLAIMER: These graphs and conclusions are for entertainment purposes only. Opinions expressed should not be construed as trendy advice. The particulars of any person’s concerns and circumstances should be discussed with a qualified trend spotting practitioner prior to making any decisions.