Sunday, July 14, 2013

Popular programming languages for building IVR applications on KooKoo platform

It has been more than 2 years since we started KooKoo and more than 4000 developers have signed up for the platform and develop telephony applications.
Michael Jastremski for openphoto.net

All kinds of developers are on the platform. We have freelance developers, development teams from MNCs working on major projects and startup teams building the next big thing.

Since communication is such a core component of any business, almost all well known companies and startups have developers on the KooKoo platform. Most of them are KooKoo customers(because of NDAs and stuff, I will not be able to reveal the names), and some of them are on the free developer account.

I wanted to find out what are the most popular programming languages on the KooKoo platform. Which languages were the developers using to build telephony applications. I just did a perfunctory analysis based on the URL format and support queries from developers. Initially, I wanted to do a fun infographic with witty images and all. But as I myself am a developer, I was just too lazy to do that and instead just came out with the following numbers. So, without further ado, the most popular programming languages on the KooKoo platform:

1. PHP: ~80%
2. Java: ~10%
3. .Net:~5%
4. Others(Perl,Ruby,Python,Javascript etc): 5%

So, by far, the most popular language is PHP. Ruby was a late entrant, but it is showing hockey stick curve growth recently :)

Most of the new startups(started after 2012) are preferring Python or Ruby, but they also try out PHP.

.NET as expected, is being used in Microsoft shops and big MNCs.

Disclaimer: This was an unscientific study done by me just for the fun of it. This just shows the general trend we have observed and no way does this mean that one language is better than the other. KooKoo supports all programming languages and we have libraries for most of them on Github.