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Moodle and Martin Dougiamas, some interesting numbers

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I remember the first time I had to deal with a development based on Moodle. It was more than 6 years ago but I still remember that everything was prepared to attract people and boost the creation of a stronger community. Today I had a look at the number of Moodle and the activity of its leader, Martin Dougiamas, and I have to say I am quite happy Moodle is being such a big success.

First let’s have a look at the big picture:

  • Moodle has a large and diverse user community with over 1,128,626 registered users on the site alone, speaking over 78 languages in 217 countries.
  • As of October 2010 it had a user base of 49,952 registered and verified sites, serving 37 million users in 3.7 million courses. Currently (December 2011) it has a user base of 72,168 registered and verified sites, serving 57 million users in 5.8 million courses. Wow! “serving 57 million users”! Well done Moodle team :).
  • There are around 50 companies that compose the “Moodle partners” network. It offers services around Moodle and help with the development. The services that they offer are: hosting, support, consulting, integration, developing of the courses, customisation and certification.

But, what about its creator and leader?. I wanted to find out the role played by Dougiamas during the last years, so I analysed the git repository with cvsanaly (the development team maintains a git mirror of the cvs they use for the development). This was what I found out:

Martin Dougiamas (blue bar) is by far the person who has committed more changes to the Moodle’s source code repository. The project started in 1999 but the oldest record we have in git is from 2001.
The chart on the left shows the top ten committers by 2003. Martin Dougiamas used two different accounts (blue bars) and the rest of the developers made only a few contributions. We could say that in 2003 the community was starting to grow up and Dougiamas was still the only person that worked full time on it.
The role of Dougiamas in the last two years is very different from the one he played during the first years. Currently the community has a big number of developers (238 total code committers), and there are 19 that are more active than Dougiamas in term of commits. It seems that he is dealing with other tasks but still wants to be involved in the development.

I believe that Moodle is a very interesting case to be deeply studied. If you are part of the moodle community and find any errors, please let me know.


Written by sanacl

December 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Android went up like a rocket during 2010

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Have you seen the latest market share of Operating Systems for smartphones?

Wow! It’s amazing how quickly Android is increasing its market. During 2010 a total of 170,000 applications were published and it started with less than 10,000. It will be very interesting to know the share market by mid this year, we’ll see if Android is still going up like a rocket.

More info in the Nielsen’s blog and in the Android Zoom blog

Written by sanacl

February 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

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SCMs market share

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Two weeks ago we studied the Apache market share in the master on libre software, this libre product that has dominated the niche of the web servers during the last decade, it isn’t bad at all!. As part of my homework and as I usually work with development tools I’ve get some data about the current SCM market share. Due to I work only with libre software I thought I could have a biased vision, so I’ve looked for reports done about this niche market but I didn’t found a fresh one.

A Forrester’s study made a year ago stated that Open Source SCM Solutions were closing in on 50% total market share. Have a look at the bar chart below:

As you can see, modern and libre SCMs like Git and Mercurial didn’t have remarkable position more than a year ago and Subversion had more than double users than the second one. Have a look again at the chart, there is something unbelievable on the bottom of the list. Did you see it? 6,5% of those 1020 persons did not use a source code management system. More than 50 “application development professionals” do not use one of these tools, I would even replace the article’s title with “6 out of 100 application developers have discovered something better than source code management systems”. Or .. maybe they haven’t 😉

Let me recover the focus, I think that the next report will be very different for Git. During the last year the outstanding growth of platforms based on it like github (with half a million git repositories created in half a year!) and gitorious should have impact on the market share. We could end up with Subversion leaving the first position in favour of Git, at least that is what we could think having a look at the google trends for these two applications. On the other hand, the Debian users still value Subversion over Git.

Written by sanacl

November 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm