Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New app framework popularity report - Rick Astley wouldn't give this up

So, we keep metrics on things. LOTS of things. Probably all the things.
And then there is metrics of metrics. We use lots of analytics services - probably all of them.

With the ClickStarts (the one click way to get started) we track interest in them (starts, completions etc), so I thought it would be interesting to share a summary of the last months activity.

These show interest in trying out frameworks for *new* apps only (typically new users too) - so in some ways it is a bit of a leading indicator of popularity. Of course, there are new clickstarts and frameworks introduced all the time, but it is fun to take a look at what is popular over the short term:


You can see Play2 is very very popular - and it hasn't really been around for that long. EE6 is holding strong, and then there is a bit of a long tail. There are some notable late additions climbing the charts: Node.js and Netflix Asgard (!) - maybe due to the Christmas Eve outage of Netflix people thought they would build their own mini Netflix over the holidays???? Hibernate and Tomcat, like a trusty pair of well worn cuttoff jeans, keeps in there too.

We asked Rick Astley what his number one framework was, and he was a bit vague:



Uh, thanks Rick. Love your work.

I hope to bring more analysis over time - when we have been collecting more for longer. It does take time to distill the trends out, and as frameworks are a moving target, it is hard to make too many conclusions from this - but I thought it would be interesting to you (will post some more next month, which will no doubt contain more clickstarts and frameworks)


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the report!

    Can you share exact numbers on each share as well ?

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  2. Arun - not at this stage, not publicly, but I will look into a summary soon.

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