Can a programming language make you happy?

May 11th, 2009

We all know that some programming languages are a joy to use and others can be damned painful. Lukas Biewald ran an interesting experiment to gather some data about this in his post, The Programming Language with the Happiest Users.

“Which languages make programmers the happiest? … I decided to do a little market research. I scraped the top 150 most recent tweets on Twitter for the query “X language” where X was one of {COBOL, Ruby, Fortran, Python, Visual Basic, Perl, Java, Haskell, Lisp, C}. Then I asked three people on Amazon Mechanical Turk to verify that the tweet was on the topic. If so, I asked if the tweet seemed positive, negative or neutral. …”

Great idea and a nice use of Amazon Mechanical Turk!