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Andreas Gohr's Blog:
Determine StumbleUpon Rankings
September 03, 2007 @ 10:35:00

Andreas Gohr has posted some info and code about one of the social networking/linking services out there, StumbleUpon. His post includes PHP code to figure out what your site's StumbleUpon ranking is.

StumbleUpon recently(?) added a "search result enhancement" feature to their toolbar. It adds StumbleUpon "star ratings" to Google results (See screenshot). This got me interested and I had a closer look at their extension...

As part of this "closer look" he came up with the code to return a general ranking for the URL you would give it. It does require a StumbleUpon auth key and username, but if you use the service already, you're one step ahead on that.

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Pádraic Brady's Blog:
Sourceforge Ranking Review (Astrum Futura)
January 23, 2007 @ 08:44:00

Pádraic Brady, developer of the (work in progress) PHP-based strategy game Astrum Futura has posted today with the results of his look at a ranking of current PHP-based games and their popularity.

Sometimes I find it useful when measuring what's being downloaded in terms of open source PHP games to look at the top 10 rankings on Sourceforge for each gaming category. I say sometimes, because it tends to be fairly unreliable and doesn't really reflect real usage online.

Games on his list include Solar Imperium, Alien Assault Traders, PHP RISK and number one on the list - phpDiplomacy. Each item on the list includes the Sourceforge ranking against all other projects.

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Community News:
PHP Down to 5th on TIOBE Programming Community Index
November 06, 2006 @ 09:02:00

According to the latest stats from the TIOBE Programming Community Index, PHP has dropped down a spot from its previous standing last month down to the number five slot for November, being bumped down by (Visual) Basic.

As the long term trends graph shows, though, PHP and Basic are neck and neck, with one only gaining slightly over the other. As the International PHP Magazine site notes:

As the graph on TIOBE's web site indicates, PHP has been charting an uneven course, facing ups and just as many downs. However, PHP's position as of Feb 2006 is significantly higher than that of 2005.

You can get all of the stats and graphs for this latest month of results from the TIOBE site.

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SitePoint PHP Blog:
It's official Javascript sucks harder than PHP
October 11, 2006 @ 09:35:00

It's official - Javascript sucks. Well, at least according to Harry Fuecks and the group from the last WebTuesday meeting.

The surprise outcome of last nights webtuesday - Javascript sucks harder than PHP. I still can't quite believe it. Maarten took the PHP corner against me in the Javascript corner, both of us shamelessly advocating each language under various headings.

1 minute max per topic-no outright lies although often bordering on truthiness. Verdicts provided by the audience, based on who could shout loudest from a choice [ranking].

Of course, Harry does comment that the comparison is a bit unfair (server versus client side), but there are alternatives for both (client-side PHP and server-side Javascript) so make a foundation for enough of a comparison. At the end of the night, though, the results of the votes were conclusive - Javascript was in worse shape than PHP, though the winner was "he one that came out hurting less".

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Community News:
PHP still Ranks Fourth in Popularity on TIOBE Programming Community Index
October 05, 2006 @ 08:13:00

As mentioned in this new article on the International PHP Magazine's website today, PHP has come in fourth (once again) in the TIOBE Programming Community index's rankings.

PHP stands at fourth place in the October 2006 edition of the TIOBE Programming Community index. Its position has jumped a notch since last month, while Java continues to hold the top spot.

In long-term trends, PHP shows a significant jump from October 2001 to February 2002. As the graph on TIOBE's web site indicates, PHP has been charting an uneven course, facing ups and just as many downs. However, PHP's position as of Feb 2006 is significantly higher than that of 2005.

You can check out either their post or the actual index to get more information.

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