Computer Language Websites Popularity

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While doing my website's traffic report (XahLee.org Web Traffic Report 2008), i did some research on major computer lang or tech website ranking. Here's a rough ranking of relative popularity of some computing sites:

sitequantcastalexamajor services
sun.com1500.1706doc, forum, news
java.com5000.1132doc, forum, news
php.net78.0721doc, forum, news
slashdot.com2.0333news, forum
Mysql.com41.7.0387doc, forum, news
gnu.org115.7.0288docs, mailing list, news
wolfram.com429.024mathworld, blog, doc, lib, news, store …
Python.org77.01239doc, lib, forum
cpan.org48.5.00663lib
xahlee.org94.8.0034← Me!
Perl.org12.00392doc, blog
Perl.com179.9.00361doc, news, …
paulgraham.com22.00267lisp bigwig
jwz.org22.00127Jamie Zawinski; netscape and xemacs celebrity
haskell.org6.4.00114
novig.com----lisp bigwig
emacswiki.org2.00077wiki
franz.com--.00049Common Lisp vendor
lispworks.com2.00028Common Lisp doc
Gigamonkeys.com2.00025hosting popular book “Practical Common Lisp”
schemers.org2.00019
sitequantcastalexamajor services
Rough ranking of computer language sites. Table data updated on .

The number under quantcast are estimated monthly unique visitors, in thousands, given by http://www.quantcast.com/. Many are considering US only, and many data are missing.

The number under alexa are Alexa's 3-month average “reach”, defined as percentage of global internet users who visit the site.

In the above table, the last column list some of the services hosted by the site that has major impact on a site's traffic. The items is only of ones i'm aware of.

“doc” means it host language documentation, especially if it is the primary means its coder looks up doc while coding. “forum” means it hosts online discussion forum of some sort, it can also be blog or wiki. “lib” means it is a library archive. “news” means it serves as a news website. Typically, having any one of these services increases a site's traffic a few hundred times.

The list is not that surprising.

Many top ones are due to the popularity of the lang, but also because their site host the lang's documentation and discussion forum (or wiki,blogs). Hosting a web forum are likely to increase traffic some 100 fold. For example, php.net is most popular because it is one of the top 5 most popular language, but also because php.net holds its language documentation in a very convient searchable way, and is the primary means how php coders read its doc when coding. (as opposed for example, perl or python, where probably most programers use the downloadable version of its documentation.) Similarly, for languages of Java, mysql, and Common Lisp, the doc online are their primary means of doc reading when coding.

When a website provides a forum, or blog, wiki, it also increases its traffic perhaps few hundred times, since these services gets people to participate in discussion, sometimes chatty. Some lang sites provides library archive as a service. Good example is perl's “cpan.org”, which makes the site one-stop place for coders to search existing code modules. When a website provides news service, it also increases its traffic a few times.

Web Dev Sites Comparison

sitequantcastalexacomment
mozilla.org-.3621netscape/mozilla home (large site with browser download, JavaScript ref, wiki, bug track, etc)
w3schools.com-.1179pop tutorial and ref site on html, css, js, php, xml…
w3.org-.0847web standard
quackit.com-.00893-
htmlhelp.com-.00844html tutorial and ref
quirksmode.org-.0054javascript and css quirks across browsers
xahlee.org-.0034-
zvon.org-.00157tutorial and ref on html, css, xml
blooberry.com-.00193html ref
htmlquick.com-.00101-

Math Sites Popularity

Here's a rough order of popularity of math sites.

sitequantcastalexacomment
wolfram.com429.024Mathematica home, mathworld ref, services …
mathforum.org322.01339college level math forum, math edu issues, …
www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk270.01073math history
acm.org249.0362Association for Computing Machinery home
xahlee.org94.7.00334-
ams.org57.6.0037American Mathematical Society home
maa.org57.7.00185Mathematical Association of America home
cut-the-knot.org31.8.00296Misc Math expositons
mathpuzzle.com12.9.00054Recreational math periodical

Most of the site's data are accessed in 2008-04, but some sites may be added later. The purpose is to give a rough idea of their relative popularity. The 2 sites mostly agree in popularity ranking of the sites listed here, but a major differences is their report on “arm.org”.

After the above rankings, one wonders what are the popularity of porn sites. Of course, there's youporn.com, which is within the world's top 50. But what about the typical porn image sites?

sitequantcastalexacomment
youporn.com-1.722-
bravoteens.com-.044-
brandigirls.com-.038-
chicascoyote.com-.0181-
finalteens.com-.01374-
hothat.net-.00473-

Political Sites

Ok, we've seen about the relative popularity of programing sites, math sites, web dev sites, and porn. What about political sites?

sitequantcastalexacomment
huffingtonpost.com-.1746political blog by pro writers
ca.gov-.1088California state gov
whitehouse.gov-.0289-
www.fbi.gov-.01256-
littlegreenfootballs.com-.00828political blog
cia.gov-.00732Central Intelligence Agency

Some Social Networking sites

Some social bookmark sites.

sitequantcastalexacomment
digg.com-.7271-
stumbleupon.com-.2305-
delicious.com-.0868-
reddit.com-.0264-

Misc Sites

sitequantcastalexacomment
xkcd.com-.0499math oriented web comics
pbfcomics.com-.012dark comics strips
geekculture.com-.00384online web comics
buckhollywood.com-.0019social commentary comedian started from youtube
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