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'[OT]:Open Source favorite language'
2006\02\06@202522 by blackcat

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At the present time to open source community is booming.
What are the languages of choice for developing open source
software ?  Is this information available somewhere ?

I want to start a project that will attract some contributors and
I wonder what will happen if I want to use Java or ???
Is C or C++ overwhelming popular

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2006\02\06@213210 by Rolf

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The language decision should not be based on your anticipated
contributors, but the application in mind.

Your contributors will come from your user base, and there is no way to
avoid that. Use what is familiar to your general user base, if anything.
I have personally contributed to mostly Java stuff, but, have done PHP,
Perl, C, raw SQL, and other things (JavaScript here on piclist), etc.

For numbers that I would consider to be mostly meaningless, see:
http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php?form_cat=160

Given those numbers, and scanning the list, it seems that most open
source projects are (in order)
1. Java @ 17811
2. C++ @ 17570
3. C @ 16577
All with very close numbers, then a big drop to
4. PHP @ 13050
Another drop to
5. Perl @ 6430
And then the other 30 or so languages after that.

Rolf


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2006\02\06@213759 by Danny Sauer

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blackcat wrote regarding '[OT]:Open Source favorite language' on Mon, Feb 06 at 19:30:
> At the present time to open source community is booming.
> What are the languages of choice for developing open source
> software ?  Is this information available somewhere ?
>
> I want to start a project that will attract some contributors and
> I wonder what will happen if I want to use Java or ???
> Is C or C++ overwhelming popular

Generally, if you pick a non-obscure language, you're doing reasonably
well.  There are lots of people who know any of those three languages,
and the scripting languages like Perl and Python are also very well
supported.  I honestly tihnk that the language chosen is neither the
greatest motivator nor the greatest deterrent from a potential
contributor's point of view.  To get contributors you need to be
working on a project which a large number of people will have interest
in.  You need people to believe that their contributions will be
welcomed, and you need to present a project which is well organized.
Also, you probably don't want to reinvent the wheel, as the saying
goes - if there are already programs that do what you're trying to do,
consider contributing to those rather than starting a new copy of the
same old thing.

So, new idea with good leadership which will value the contribution of
developers.  Then pick the language best suited for the task, and the
developers will come.  Theoretically.

If language really doesn't matter, Python's probably the way to go if
you want young programmers, as it's the current "hip new thing".

--Danny

2006\02\07@010150 by kravnus wolf

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Java - business apps, portable to other arch.
C++  - working on some open source projects
C    - my prefered HLL
asm  - speed and what the heck is going on.....


John

--- blackcat <spam_OUTgscTakeThisOuTspamomegadogs.com> wrote:

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2006\02\07@153342 by Danny Sauer

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As a follow-up, this article might be a good read...

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/free_issues/issue_09/recruting_people/

--Danny

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