Bruce Payette shared this with the team:
O’Reilly does a periodic “state of programming language popularity” based on book sales (approximately). Last year PowerShell barely showed up on the map. This year we’re one of the hot spots:
Mid-Minor Programming Languages — 10,000 – 64,999 units in 2007
So the news in this category is that Python has swapped places with Perl as the leader of the category. Perl had seven fewer titles make it into the Top 3000 while Python saw an additional 8 make the list. Powershell came out of nowhere and surpassed all the other groupings to make this list.
That’s gotta make you smile!
Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
Windows Management Partner Architect
Visit the Windows PowerShell Team blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/PowerShell
Visit the Windows PowerShell ScriptCenter at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/msh.mspx