Programming Language Rankings January 2015

RedMonk‘s comparison of programming languages on Github and Stack Overflow shows some interesting things in the landscape of programming languages.
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  • I knew that JavaScript was big but to my surprise it’s steady leader in the rankings.
  • Java is (still) not dead.
  • Google’s Go has entered the Top 20.
  • The rise of Swift. It is used as PR for Apple but it also results is some heavy discussions in the comments.
  • CSS is seen as a programming language.
  • There must be lots of topics on SQL and XML on Stack Overflow while there are very few projects on Github for these languages.
  • R is “the” language for statistical analysis.
  • C# closes the Top 5. One of the commenters assumes that it is not ranked higher because of it’s wide use in the enterprise environments. I guess there’s some truth about it since this comparison is between tags on Stack Overflow and projects on GitHub.
  • There are just too many programming languages.

From idea to product, no need to think small

We all heard about the possibilities the internet gives us. Power to the people, right? Well the story of the Glif is a perfect example of this.

Two guys, Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost came up with an idea for an iPhone 4 tripod mount. The final result does a little bit more that just being a tripod mount but you can judge that for yourself.

The basic thing that struck me was how they used the means at hand to it’s full capacity. They had an idea, worked it out as a computer model with free software (beta version of Rhinoceros 3D for Mac).
The model was sent to Shapeways in the Netherlands. Shapeways “printed” the 3D prototype and shipped it to New York. This process continues until the prototype was ready.

With a completed prototype they turned to Protomold, a manufacturing company, for an estimation of the cost and the number of products to break even in the manufacturing costs.
They did not got to a bank for the $10,000 they needed. Instead they turned to Kickstarter. Kickstarter provides means to get a creative idea funded without risk for either party. It’s all-or-nothing funding via crowdsourcing. To participate in the Glif project you donate your money and depending on the amount you donate you will get an honorable mention, the product when it’s fully funded or a 3D prototype. So for the two designers this meant that they would get funding and customers.
They needed $10,000 but the last time I checked they already collected $98,000.

This project might be exceptional but it does show how far you can get nowadays with a good idea and some ingenuity. You do not need the manpower just be inventive!

Resources used:
Glif – iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand project on Kickstarter.com
An atom-based product, developed in bits article in The Economist
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Blind film makers and a dialogue

It’s incredible what some companies do to get attention for their products. In 2009 Philips amazed everyone with the Carousel Commercial, the slow-motion clownesque heist. This year Philips is back with six short films with one shared piece of dialogue:

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What is that?
It’s a Unicorn
Never seen one up close before
Beautiful
Get away, Get away
I’m sorry.

Six lines of text, six times differently interpreted in six beautiful stories:

  • The Hunt, by Jake Scott
  • Darkroom, by Johnny Hardstaff
  • The Gift, by Carl Erik Rinsch
  • El Secreto de Mateo, Greg Fay
  • Jun and the Hidden Skies, by Hi-Sim
  • The Foundling by Barney Cokeliss

Each story can be watched by itself but to me it was like a visualization of the “Blind men and an elephant”. The story of six blind men who are asked to describe the “big picture” while feeling only part of it. The film makers in this case “felt” the dialogue and created a film based on that.
Each film maker created an astonishing piece of work. All in all beautiful interpretations.
You can watch them at Parallel Lines: A Cinema 21:9 production.
It didn’t stop at six stories. There is even more, a competition “Tell it your way” resulted in two prizewinning films at PhilipsCinema on Youtube.
BabyTime by Cedric Petitcollin and
Porcelain Unicorn by Keegan Wilcox

The whole story is of course that Philips again created a very smart ad-campaign. I’m aware that even I am becoming part of it but in return we can see some very interesting, beautifully made, short films.

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Onverwachte avond

Wat een vreemde avond. Vanavond had ik alleen een waterpolo wedstrijd gepland staan. Voor de wedstrijd werd ik uitgenodigd om mee te gaan naar een basketbal wedstrijd direct na onze wedstrijd, GasTerra Flames tegen Upstairs Weert.
Op zich al een verrassing. De wedstrijd werd door GasTerra Flames met 113 – 76 gewonnen. Prachtig om daarbij aanwezig te zijn.

Na de wedstrijd wilden we nog even wat gaan drinken. Bij de ingang naar het concert van Frans Bauer stond niemand. We keken elkaar aan en wandelden spontaan naar binnen. Onder het mom van even een glaasje drinken, slopen we naar binnen. De pauze begon net, we konden het niet beter treffen. Het bleef niet bij een glaasje drinken. We waren het met z’n vieren eens, dit is de kans om een Frans Bauer concert bij te wonen.
Aan het eind van de pauze zijn we achterin de zaal gaan staan. De achterste rij was nog zo goed als leeg, nadat de lichten uitgingen hadden we zowaar nog zitplaatsen.
Het is niet helemaal mijn muziek maar we hebben wel heel erg veel lol gehad. De sfeer zat er bij het publiek in ieder geval goed in. Prachtig ook om te zien hoe hij het publiek bespeelt. Het lijkt heel spontaan maar alles is geregiseerd. Knap staaltje werk.

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Gisteren het iPhoneDevCamp vandaag meer een CIO dag. Althans het grootste deel van de dag.
Niet alle praatjes zijn even inspirerend. Dat wil zeggen het huidige praatje van Navigon begint slaapverwekkend. Uiteindelijk toch wel onder de indruk van wat ze presteren op de verschillende mobiele platformen.

Er wordt veel over Apple gepraat, het is dan toch vreemd dat er geen afvaardiging van hun aanwezig is. Het blijft een bedrijf op afstand op deze manier.