The Economics of Programming Languages

Network effects are clearly significant in the spread of programming lagnuages. I've often thought it would be good to team up with an economist to see if one could say something more forceful than just that simple qualitative observation. Meanwhile, I'm pleased to find the web page linked to above, which covers at least the obvious correspondences. (NB., the picture is from a different page.)

I think that image wins the "I refuse to sign your thesis because of this figure" award.

Programming languages don't earn $$. Learn how to label your axes dude. You're supposed to be a scientist...
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