Gaming the TIOBE Index

May 22, 2009 at 11:17 PM

in Meanderings,Programming

More than a year ago, we mentioned the TIOBE Index and how, despite being a popular scan of popular programming languages, is the creature of a commercial venture.

A few days ago, Tim Bunce discussed on his blog about how the TIOBE Index can be, and perhaps has been, gamed, primarily through having owners of various Web pages/sites crowdjamming their content with keywords that appear on the ‘index.

So, is it valid? Sure, if that’s what you’re tracking, of course.

Then again, the Internet has plenty of room for other techniques to track programming language popularity, so let’s keep ‘em coming! :-)

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