How Many Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby Developers Are There ?

Written by on June 22, 2009 in Case Study - 5 Comments

Davey Shafik posted recently a very interesting article making the case for PHP. It’s not about comparing programming languages capabilities, but especially concerning access to people and market penetration. Davey pointed to an old post that gives an estimation of Perl, Php, Python and Ruby Programmers availability according to most popular search engines. I updated the estimation so we can have most accurate results. The table below illustrates the results found, I have just truncated Bing results to 1M to have more readable chart, after all I don’t believe there are 50M resumes indexed by Microsoft – and that’s another topic.

PHPPerlRubyPython
Google788000 57000 14100 26300
Yahoo541000 377000 41500 82400
Bing (MSN)5970000010200184004900

resumes in search engines
Programmer’s Resumes in Search Engines

5 Comments on "How Many Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby Developers Are There ?"

  1. Mahomedalid Pacheco June 23, 2009 at 12:58 am · Reply

    A good programmer have the knowledge and the ability of learn any other language easily. A good programmer focus his resume not in a language.
    The question is know how many of those people can clean his own ass without help.

  2. Hatem June 23, 2009 at 8:16 am · Reply

    These are just estimates of people having their resumes online. I don’t have myself my resume online.

  3. John Munsell August 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm · Reply

    I’m curious how these numbers compare to .NET developers. We’ve traditionally built in .NET and ASP, but are considering PHP because it appears there are more PHP developers out there than .NET…but we don’t have any hard data to go on. Any thoughts on the .NET vs PHP population?

  4. Marcel Berteler November 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm · Reply

    I wanted to use this data in my research, but than I looked at the actual search results. Unfortunately, php is also used as the file extension resulting in all resumes from a PHP driven site are reflected as PHP developers.
    Using intext:php should in theory restrict the search to real php developers.

  5. fresh August 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm · Reply

    There is a definitive source for PHP Programmers at Zend.com. Zend has developed a certification process that is a great tool to not only determine the number of PHP developers, but also the skill level.
    http://www.zend.com/en/yellow-pages
    As of today there are 1290 Zend Certified Engineers in the USA alone.

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