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happyclown
01-23-2009, 11:47 PM
This may be yesterday's news for some. :)

"almost half - 47 per cent - of new projects last year used C"

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/21/open_source_projects_08/

My only question is: how could 17,000 new open source projects be created last year?

What is there possibly left to program, that hasn't been programmed already?

whiteflags
01-24-2009, 12:08 AM
>> What is there possibly left to program, that hasn't been programmed already?

There are two ways to look at the data which prompted this question, I think:

"Wow, there sure is a lot for C developers to do in open source!" Or you read this sentence:


A testament to the unreliable and inconsistent nature of the beast that can be open-source, 57 per cent of new projects offered just a single downloadable release.


"Wow, not a lot of projects really panned out!" Chances are if a lot of programs did the same or similar things then not one of them got popular enough to possibly fill the need. In turn this prompts a lot of people to do "me too!" projects. That makes your next question a whole lot less interesting, doesn't it? You can get the feeling... it's hard to find interesting projects. Innovation is rare but valuable in society.