Entries by Gary

Cobol v. Fortran

I thought it’d be interesting to compare how many people admit to knowing ancient programming languages on their LinkedIn pages. This is in a contrast to my post on the popularity of hip JVM languages Scala and Clojure. True to it’s reputation for scientific computation power, Fortran is primarily used by scientific organization – an […]


“Learning ExtJS 4” Review

“Learning ExtJS 4” is a good, practical introduction to ExtJS for beginner ExtJS developers who haven’t used the library, or who have used prior Ext versions. In a couple spots I found myself wishing for deep technical details, e.g. explanations the rationale behind architectural decisions the Ext team made, but that is consistent with the […]

Scala vs. Clojure

LinkedIn shows 42% growth (year over year?) people claiming Clojure as a skill – surprisingly beating out Scala’s 9%, a surprising feat for a lisp-variant. Turns out LinkedIn’s default view is misleading – Scala shows more new adopters (2.4k) vs  1.5k for Clojure. LinkedIn refuses to show counts for Java- but check out the number […]