(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.4355) How many Fortran programmers are there?
Bill Long
longb
Wed Nov 17 17:27:54 EST 2010
On 11/17/10 4:00 PM, Van Snyder wrote:
>
> On Wed, 2010-11-17 at 13:54 -0800, John Reid wrote:
>> WG5,
>>
>> I have been asked if I can estimate how many Fortran programmers there are. Does
>> anyone have any thoughts?
>
> 1. Multiply the number of distinct names posting to comp.lang.fortran
> by some random number you pull out of your hat.
>
Or, also find the number of distinct names on the corresponding
comp.lang.c list and use the ratio times the number of C programmers.
Or for some other language (C++?) for which data is available.
> 2. Ask vendors how many licenses they sell. Multiply that by a
> different random number you pull out of your hat to account for floating
> licenses and piracy. Add yet another random number to account for GNU
> fortran users.
>
On a large system, a single license could correspond to hundreds, or
thousands of users.
Cheers,
Bill
>> John.
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