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Q406 computer books sales

Tim O'Reilly has posted the second part of the Q406 computer books sales report, comparing Q4 2006 with Q4 2005. This is for top selling computer-related books sales in the US, not just O'Reilly titles. Always interesting as an indicator of trends.

Here the highlights for me...The following compares Q4 2006 to Q4 2005:

  • Overall 'computer' book sales up 4%
  • Databases category up 6% (I can't see the detailed breakdown in the enterprise db space other than SQL Server is up and Oracle is down - hope Tim provides an update on this later)
  • Programming languages: Java down 14%, '.NET languages' up 34%, Ruby up 53%, Python up 37%, Perl down 23%,
  • Web design and development category up 7%
  • Ajax up 55%, Rails up 43%
  • Business apps category down 8%: 'crm general' up 256%, collaboration down 23%, Sharepoint down 24% (Sharepoint Server 2007 coming)
  • Windows XP down 33% (Vista effect I suspect...)



TrackBack said:

Thanks to Alex Barnett I saw that Tim O'Reilly has posted screenshots of their sales data with some...
# January 17, 2007 5:50 PM

Kodok Ngorek said:

Thanks for the report. Ruby and Python are up, Java and Perl are down. Hmm...

# April 10, 2007 6:43 AM