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Ruby rate of growth drops 800%

David Heinemeier HanssonTim O’Reilly recently shared book sales showing Ruby jump another ~700% (on top of the 1500% last year) to become bigger than Perl in addition to being bigger than Python.

Quite an interesting angle. But by now, every person that might have some interest in Ruby, will have bought a book, won’t they?

Posted by Jonathan Holst at

Hahaha. Good one ;)

Posted by DHH at

I suppose you can make this comment, although your math is a little cavalier.  From 1500% to 800%, that’s about a 50% drop really.

And to put things in perspective, 800% on top of %1500 is an astounding 14300% growth.  At this rate percentages are more confusing than helpful and you might as well say that is has grown by 144 times!

Which is about a 1200% compounded annual growth rate.

Posted by Pascal at

Dunno if this matters that much but personally I’ve learned Python (almost a year and half ago) without the need to buy any book, there are a lot of great writings out there to look at and when you can get started by reading such a jewel as Dive Into Python you will hardly need something other beside in deep tutorials regarding more esoteric topics (metaclasses, descriptors...).

Personally I would really like to buy a copy of Dive Into Python that covers Python 2.5.

Posted by Michele at

Michele, I think you’ll find that the same is true for many of the Rubyists.  I know it was certainly true for me.  I learned Ruby almost purely through mucking around with IRB.  I bought the books anyways.

Regarding the 800% drop, of course it happened.  Even the people who are running around pounding the pulpit and telling us that Ruby isn’t a fad and that its here to stay, they know full-well that some of Ruby’s popularity is due to hype and the fact that Rails was well-marketed.  Given that, there’s finite limit to how long massive growth can be sustained.  Frankly, I’m not worried about it.  Ruby has enough momentum to ensure a future and it suits my needs.  That’s all that matters to me.  Who cares how many books get sold (unless you’re an author)?

Posted by Bob Aman at

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