Monday, 19 January 2009

The Year of Seaside?

I'm a few weeks late, but I just finished listening to James Robertson and Michael Lukas Smith doing the year in review on the Industry Misinterpretations podcast. I was amused to hear them use the phrase "the year of Seaside" (a reference to Randal Schwartz's predication for Smalltalk this year). There did seem to be a lot of Seaside-related news.

But now that 2008 is over, was it the year of Smalltalk (or Seaside)? Sure, there's a lot of Smalltalk code being written, but that's been true for as long as I've been involved in the community. We made some progress with Gartner; attendance at Smalltalk conferences was high (though it sounds like there are fears it could be low again next year); Randal's predication generated a buzz in the community; and certainly there has been a notable effort to generate publicity outside the community. But is it working?

Have people seen an increase in the size of the community? An increase in Smalltalk-related business? What are our metrics? Was 2008 The Year of Smalltalk?


laza said... shows how Smalltalk is doing compared to other languages. Bummer the timeline seems only to show 2007.

Julian Fitzell said...

Interesting... Smalltalk does surprisingly well in the Google CodeSearch and categories (compared to other categories).